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Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Graeme » Sat 11 Jan 2014, 23:43

Ok so this may be a surprise coming from me the impala king but I saw a pic of the 69 vauxhall viva GT 69 model with its bonnet scoops and lines and thought I got to have one. Does anybody know these cars and has anybody seen them. They must be rare to find as I have never seen one Around.
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by marnus » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 00:29

Good looking body!!

Never seen such a car in my Life
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Bigblock496 » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 01:48

Nice car! There was a guy called Ray Van Zanten who dragraced a car like that at Tarlton. Always wondered what happened to it,you dont see them often!
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by zahistorics » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 05:08

They were great little cars. Viva HB Immediate predecessor to the Firenza (Viva HC) and basis for the Aussie Torana. Rare these days.

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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Garage » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 07:44

Bigblock496 wrote:Nice car! There was a guy called Ray Van Zanten who dragraced a car like that at Tarlton. Always wondered what happened to it,you dont see them often!
Didn't Johnny Pieters also run one in the 80's?
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Johann65 » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 09:52

Remember the Viva GT that had the six cylinder. Always remember the small size plugs like now a days cars ;)
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by gordini » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 12:53

Johann65 wrote:Remember the Viva GT that had the six cylinder. Always remember the small size plugs like now a days cars ;)
Very few built 8O Worked on one at GMSA Product Engineering! round about 1966 :D
I had a GT but the 4cyl. What 6 cyl engine did they put into that GT Johann. I've never seen a car like that. must have been a rocket... :?
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Johann65 » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 16:27

gordini wrote:
Johann65 wrote:Remember the Viva GT that had the six cylinder. Always remember the small size plugs like now a days cars ;)
Very few built 8O Worked on one at GMSA Product Engineering! round about 1966 :D
I had a GT but the 4cyl. What 6 cyl engine did they put into that GT Johann. I've never seen a car like that. must have been a rocket... :?
I suspect the same as the Opel GT. ;) I am not totally clued up as I worked on upholstery. 8) The one I saw was a pre-production model.
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Johann65 » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 16:47

I suspect this was one of the developments in going for rebadged cars like the Chev Firenza or the Holden Torana!
See detail on the Torana:

The LC Torana was introduced in October 1969 as a substantial revision of the HB, turning what had essentially been a re-badged Vauxhall Viva into a truly Australian car. Available with both four and six-cylinder engines (the bigger-engined models had a longer 100-inch wheelbase) and in two or four-door body styles, the new Torana was a particularly handsome design. The LC Torana was awarded Wheels magazine's coveted Car of the Year prize for 1969 and quickly became the best selling car in its' class. Trim levels included the S and SL, while for the more sporting driver there was the new GTR model. Available as a two-door only, the GTR utilised Holden's more powerful 161-cid six with a two-barrel Stromberg carburettor, new cylinder head, twin exhaust manifolds, a revised air cleaner and other modifications resulted in maximum power of 125 bhp at 4800 rpm. As a package, the GTR was the Torana equivalent to the 186S GTS seen on the Monaro and similarly added a four-speed Opel-sourced manual gearbox, front disc brakes plus heavy-duty suspension, including a front anti-roll bar. Priced at $2,778, the GTR pack also consisted of full instrumentation, unique wheel covers, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a range of bold colours. Just 1,176 LC GTRs were made and few survive today, making this one of the rarest and most collectible Torana variants
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