On Sunday 10th June 2018, Vauxhall Motors will open the doors to its world reowned Heritage Centre in Luton, which this year celebrates its first quarter century.
Housing a collection of 75 vehicles that span the company's entire 115 year history, Vauxhall Heritage Centre is welcoming families and enthusiasts to its Park Street base. Visitors will be able to see everything from the first Vauxhall model - a 5hp, single cylinder, chain driven 'horseless carriage' - to the very latest 600hp VXR8 GTS-R. Sitting between these book end cars will be a few others with significant anniversaries.
The 1918 D type Staff Car helped mobilise the British Army during World War I, as we mark a century since the Allied victory and end of hostilities. It's also been 70 years since Vauxhall stopped building Churchill tanks for World War II and recommenced car production at Luton - and our L Type Wyvern tells this story perfectly.
There are many other anniversaries too: 35 years since the first Astra GTE, 55 years since the first Viva and 40 years since the first Chevette HS. But arguably the most important anniversary is Vauxhall's best selling Corsa, which this year turns 25. All four generations will be displayed outside the centre on the day.
More than just production models
Of course, there's more to the collection than just production cars. The XVR and SRV concepts showcase Vauxhall's industry leading design capability in the 1960s and 1970s, while the XV Lightning shows how this could have continued into the 21st century.
There will also be a nod to Bedford, with vehicles ranging from the 1930 2 ton truck, to the CA and CF panel vans. The breadth and quality of Vauxhall's Heritage Collection is unique, with most cars roadworthy and maintained by Senior Restorer Andy Boddy and Terry Forder. A majority of the vehicles were also built just around the corner from the Heritage Centre, at the famous Kimpton Road plant.
The Heritage Centre Open Day will run from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be available all day and parking is free. As in previous years, the day coincides with Luton Festival of Transport. You can find the Heritage Centre behind Vauxhall's Head Office on Park Street, Luton LU1 3HG.
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