1983 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 L. Parchment with beige cloth upholstery. Supplied new by Western Motor Works in March 1983 with options of rear seat belts, steel sliding sunroof and a 5 speed gearbox. This Astra was produced at the Ellesmore Port plant on Wednesday 19th January 1983, and was first registered on Tuesday 1st March 1983 to Mr D Topley of West Wickham, it was supplied by his local Vauxhall dealer Western Motors, Chiselhurst, South London and a copy of the original invoice is also still kept with this vehicle.
Mr Topley kept a log from the very first day of purchase of every fuel fill including the mileage and every item he purchased for this vehicle, his very last item logged was the sale of the vehicle back to the Vauxhall Motors Heritage Centre on 3rd September 1996 with a mileage of just 41167. In July 2011 this vehicle was MOT’d at Lookers Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port and the mileage recorded on that day was 41598, showing that this Astra has covered a total of only 431 miles between September 1996 and July 2011.
Vauxhall Motors kept this vehicle as part of their heritage fleet and for a few years relocated this vehicle back to the Ellesmere Port plant where it was produced, it was often placed in the plants main reception for visitors to view and also for show at some open / fun days that were held for employees friends and family to enjoy.
In April 2011 Vauxhall Motors decided to sell any duplicate vehicles that were in their collection, as they also have a near perfect MK I Astra GTE, YMX 800Y was surplus to their requirements, they opened the offer to all of their employees to make a blind bid on any one of the six vehicles available, HA Viva, HC Viva, MK I Astra, MK II Astra and a MK II Cavalier. The car was purchased by an employee and cherished and is still in outstanding condition today. An absolutley fabulous car for any collection with a wonderful history. The car still performs as well today as when it was new and a fresh MOT will be applied upon sale. Absolutely any inspection is welcome. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Delivery can be arranged.