Vauxhall’s expanding its heritage centre – and opening it to the public

| 21 Aug 2019
Classic & Sports Car – Vauxhall's expanding its heritage centre – and opening it to the public

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Vauxhall has revealed plans to bring its Heritage Collection to a far wider audience than ever before.

Operated for many years as a working, press-facing collection, the Heritage Centre will be relocated to another site in Luton in the coming year, following the impending sale of the Griffin House site where it’s based.

“The advantage this has given us,” said Simon Hucknall, Vauxhall’s head of PR, “is that we have the potential to make it public-facing for the first time in its 73-year history. We are currently working on a fundraising plan to house the Collection in a new, bespoke Vauxhall museum in Luton, which will be open to all and include much of the collection and memorabilia.”

Classic & Sports Car – Vauxhall's expanding its heritage centre – and opening it to the public
Classic & Sports Car – Vauxhall's expanding its heritage centre – and opening it to the public
Classic & Sports Car – Vauxhall's expanding its heritage centre – and opening it to the public

Cars housed include one of only two surviving WW1 D-Type Staff Cars and the ‘Prince Henry’, commonly referred to as the world’s first sports car, while the oldest is the 1903 5HP, which holds the distinction of being the second-earliest Vauxhall in existence. 

Later cars include Veloxes, Victors, various Vivas including a freshly restored GT, Chevettes and Astras – currently packed so close that the wing mirrors are folded flat. 

Every inch of wallspace is coated with paraphernalia, too, such as trophies, time cards, photos and much else, while the three XVR, SRV and 2003 Pontiac-based VX Lightning concepts are currently almost hidden away in the corner. 

A new, expanded home is surely welcomed, and more details are expected soon.


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