In 1857, in a small town under the name Vauxhall, located on the south bank of the Thames, a man named Alexander Wilson founded the company to manufacture power units designed for river vessels and tugs. And in a little less than 50 years, the company reclassified the rank of the automaker.
The second half of the 50s brought a new development, despite the appearance of which, Wyvem and Velox continued its successful existence. In 1955 she made her debut on the market model Cresta, which has become an interesting choice for the rich and another two years later, the band released the car model Victor, is characterized by its efficiency, thanks to which later proved to be extremely popular among the middle class.
Early 60's was marked by the start of fruitful cooperation between the British company Vauxhall modest monster of the German automotive industry - the company Opel, which was part of the corporation General Motors. Already in 1964 there were the first fruits of this cooperation. In the English market debut is quite affordable subcompact Viva, equipped with a 1-liter 4-cylinder engine. And everything would be fine, but the car's design very much like Opel Kadett. Although it did not bother the English.
The car turned out almost perfect, but eventually revealed problems with the engine, because of which production base model ceased in 1967. However, also produced cars Viva in a station wagon and a light van - they lasted much longer, up to about the mid-70s.
In 1971 he debuted the car, rip model Viva, but made in the coupe. He was named Firenza and is available in three versions: with engines volume of 1.3, 1.6 and 2.3 liters. In addition, the interior of the car is somewhat reminiscent of the interior of an average Opel.
Also in the first half of the 70 were new models Magnum, Chevett and Cavalier, with the latter was established on the basis of Opel Ascona. Since the car was created in the framework of cooperation between the companies Vauxhall and Opel, its production has been established at a factory owner of Opel - General Motors, located in Belgium. However, a year later it was transferred to Luton.
For a long time the company Vauxhall was one of the leaders of the British motor industry, but in the late 80s, these positions were lost. The company has passed almost completely under the influence of corporations General Motors, and all subsequent cars were copied from Opel. Of special note are the model as a Vauxhall Astra 1979 and the Vauxhall Nova 1984, which became the continental counterparts models Opel Kadett and the Opel Corsa.