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Vauxhall’s Heritage Collection has a new home at the British Motor Museum where, from today, it will be on permanent display.
The fleet totals 50 classic cars and vans spanning the history of the UK’s oldest vehicle manufacturer, and around 30 from the collection will be on display at a time.
This is the first time the impressive collection has been displayed together in public.
The collection includes popular classics such as a 1975 Vauxhall Firenza HPF Droop Snoot (pictured at the top of this page) and an FC Victor, as well as an example of the first 5hp Light Car of 1903 and the world’s oldest Prince Henry sports car.
The striking 1966 XVR concept, an original Lotus Carlton press car and a 1989 Astra GTE Mk2 are also among the set which will be rotated, giving different vehicles time in the limelight.
Admission to the exhibition at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, will be included in the standard ticket price.
“This is a perfect opportunity for the public to get up close and personal with cars and vans from our collection,” said Paul Willcox, Vauxhall’s Managing Director. “It paints a wonderful social picture of Vauxhall’s importance to the UK culture, through all the highs and lows of the 20th and 21st centuries.”
“We were delighted when Vauxhall approached us to look after its fantastic collection of vehicles, one of the most significant collections from a UK manufacturer,” added Stephen Laing, Head of Collections at the British Motor Museum.
“It fits perfectly with the museum’s aim to broaden even further the range of marques that are represented here at Gaydon and adds a new dimension to the stories we tell about the cars and the people in Britain’s motor industry. With so much choice, it has already been tough making the first selection of 30 cars to display in the museum!”
Admission prices for 2021 are £14.50 for adults, £12.50 for concessions, children (5-16 years) are £9 and under 5s go free. Family tickets and annual membership are available, too. Find out more here.