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Vauxhall opens its vault to the public on June 12


Some of the vehicles to be featured at Vauxhall's annual open house | Vauxhall Heritage photos
Some of the vehicles to be featured at Vauxhall’s annual open house | Vauxhall Heritage photos

One day a year, Vauxhall, the British brand of General Motors, opens its Heritage Centre collection for public viewing. This year that day is June 12, when two anniversaries will be celebrated — 50 years since the first Viva HB drove off the Ellesmere Port’s production line and 30 years since the last Bedford commercial vehicle was manufactured.

Featured in the display of some 73 historic vehicles will be an early SL-model of the HB as well as a 1931 2-ton Bedford Truck and a pair of more recent CFs, including a one-off electric-powered version.

Two new additions to the museum’s collection also will be featured — a 2009 VXR Nurburgring version of the Astra and a 1949 Wyvern L-type, a much-used vehicle that returns to its native land after 67 years “pounding the roads” in Portugal and Holland.

1931 Bedford
1931 Bedford

Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre, located behind the company’s offices on Park Street, Luton, UK, is not a museum but a workshop in which the  historic cars in the company’s collection are maintained in running condition.

The annual open day event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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