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Vauxhall Viva Overview
The Vauxhall Viva is classed as a small family car which was produced by the British automobile manufacturing company Vauxhall Motors. This vehicle was in production from 1963 to 1979, and competed with the likes of the Moris Minor and Ford Anglia. This car was to become very successful and one of the most popular small family cars of this era. They were reasonably cheap to buy, good to drive and quite a practical car. The first versions was known for not being good at handling, particularly in wet conditions. This was rectified in later models which had good suspension. Does this sound like your experience of this car?
Vauxhall Viva History
The first generation (1963-66) was known as the Viva HA and was the first small family car to be produced by Vauxhall since 1936. It was very similar in design to the Opel Kadett, which was sold across Europe. Opel is marketed in Europe, where as Vauxhall is only used in the UK. This vehicle was available as a saloon and there was a van version, marketed as the Bedford 8.
The second generation (1966-70) was known as the Viva HB was slightly larger and gave the Viva a new look. From 1967 an automatic gearbox was offered for the first time on this car. The first generation had handling issues, which were addressed on this version with a new suspension system.
The third generation (1970-79) Viva HC had a new interior design and a new styling but kept the same mechanical design. There were some new engines available and an estate version. This version had a real American styling influence. Production ended in 1979 and the Chevette and Astra filled the gap.
The Vauxhall Viva was available in 1.0, 1.2, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.3L petrol engines, depending on which generation your car was from. The smaller petrol engines were the more economical, offering quite good mileage, around 30-35mpg. Which engine did you have and how did it perform economically?
The Vauxhall Viva was available in 4-speed manual and the Type 35 or GM automatic gearboxes. Which gearbox did you have and how did you rate its performance? You can have a look at our Vauxhall gearbox section to find the gearbox parts you need for your Viva.
You can find the exact parts you need for your Vauxhall Viva, here at Breakeryard. We know that these parts can be hard to find, but our vast network of UK Breakers has parts for all makes and models. There are two ways to begin your search: Entering your vehicle details in our part finder or visiting the Viva parts page today.