Vauxhall Motors was created in 1957 but didn’t start making cars until 1903. Production was moved to Luton in 1905 and early models had sporty overtones. The firm was acquired by General Motors in 1925 (along with Opel in 1929) and the focus was changed to produce more affordable models such as the Cadet. Car production ceased during WW2 and tanks (the Churchill) and trucks were made instead. Cars were made again from 1964, with the launch of the Ford Anglia-rivalling Viva, Victor and Viscount. Subsequent popular models included the Chevette and Cavalier, with the Astra first appearing in 1980.
Vauxhall has traditionally rivalled Ford, with the Corsa competing against the Fiesta and the Astra against the Focus, but the firm has produced a few standalone models for sports car enthusiasts: the VX220 and the Monaro (latterly VXR8). At Haynes, we have an extensive range of Vauxhall / Opel repair manuals and online procedures available for professional mechanics and DIY car enthusiasts alike. We can give you all the guidance you need.