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 performance lies in the stage 2 head and camshaft fitted to the SL 90 engine of 1150cc. A weber DCOE 40 carb feeds the fuel and the whole bottom end is balanced along with a lightened flywheel. An oil cooler is also fitted.
Ron claims a 0 to 70 mph acceleration time of around 9 – 10 seconds.
Externally the car distinguishes itself form all those other Guildford Viva’s by 5 1/2″ wide wheels and lowered suspension. Goodyear Grand Prix tyres are used, and an anti-roll bar fitted to the front. Koni adjustable shockers complete the specifications in this department.
For night driving – and probably the occasional rally, as Ron tells us a sump guard is fitted – up front for lighting the way and scaring the local sheep ate three Cibie auxiliary lamps.
The faces of the Viva is fitted with all the necessary clocks and the Simon Green leather steering wheel is of 11″ diameter.
Ron’s mods have made the rather staid Vauxhall saloon into a real stormer – and one we’re pleased to feature in the column’s of HOTCAR