Category: Vauxhall History

Brabham HA GT

HA BRABHAM VIVA GT

Here is the last in a series of articles on uprated HA saloons for now… Its almost time to get back to real vehicles and engine, saving the best till last, the Brabham GT HA. The Vauxhall Viva, a popular small car distinguished from the majority of its competitors in...

Ian Walker Racing

Ian Walker sprint

This I think is the last article on the HA Viva modified by Ian walker racing back in the 1960’s When Vauxhall introduced the Viva in the September of 1963 a few people were surprised for this was their first venture into the small car market for many years. Generally...

Reece Fish Carburettor conversion

Another magazine articles on sportier Viva HA’s, this time featuring the Reece Fish Carburettor. The light, lively little Vauxhall Viva, with its free-revving 1,057 c.c. over-square power pack and fully-flowed “balanced” head almost in Stage 1 tune, is a sitter for the “improvers”. So much so that Bob Henderson of...

Ron’s Viva

Yet more juicy magazine cuttings… This time HOTCAR October 1969 Viva owners around Guildford , Surrey, must wonder what’s hit them when Ron Tenn’s much tweaked Vauxhall thunders past at a rapid of knots. Ron reckons the 1964 car is capable of around 105mph! Secret of the HA Vivas shattering...

RPF824E

£1.96 a Gallon

Practical Classics 1990 popped up this little ditty of long term Viva Owner Jonathan Gulliver and his Unleaded fuel modifications to his Viva Engine. UNLEADED CHALLENGE Everyone now knows that the age of unleaded petrol has finally arrived. If many readers of Practical Classics ask if they can put unleaded...

HA SL 1300 crossflow

HA Saloon racer

From the pile of Viva related items comes another weird one for you to enjoy. A magazine article from the early 1970’s describing a one off special saloon formed around whist left of a HA SL saloon. Over the past few years, special saloon racing and in particular the small...