Vauxhall viva GT

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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Johann65 » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 19:49

IndianaJones wrote:Some links:

Reading from this forum:
http://www.africanmusclecars.com/forum/ ... =35&t=7841
Forum member "Firenza GT" apparently had one.
Thanks for bringing back the history! :D :D
At times I can actually picture the scenes that I remember :D 8O More than 49 years ago! 8O 8O
So if you Graeme, find one, you will bring a lot of memories back!! :D :D
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by ZA Perana » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 19:53

Quite a unique car, I have only ever seen one example. I think the issue with them was the fact they had a cam belt and over time these were not changed with resulted in broken engines.
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by johan wepener » Sun 12 Jan 2014, 21:46

I remember these the Viva GT cars very clearly.In the RSA it was manufactured with only a four cylinder.

It did not sell that good and I cannot remember seeing one for the past 30 years.

What I have learned however, no one knows what golden oldies are being hiding behind

the garage doors. And sometimes under your nose,

Yust go on searching .

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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Craig » Mon 13 Jan 2014, 22:34

My dad had one and it went very well, recall him saying he could get 90km/h in 1st gear or some thing crazy like that and the power band was from 4000 or 4500RPM then it wa sa very lively car. But sure he said it was a 1900cc. He sadly blew the motor or head gasket and a neighbor who did stock car racing made a deal to swop the motor with a chev 2.5 and do all the work etc. He was quite upset with the loss of power and then sold the car.
I would enjoy buying one and recall playing in it.
Here's a pic of one I saw at the Scotsburgh classic cars show. We called it Kyalami orange. Been considering painting my Ranchero orange with black in memory of his Viva GT, but probably go white and black as he would prefer me to keep it original as possible.
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Johann65 » Tue 14 Jan 2014, 09:09

Well, Graeme,
Now you know where to start hunting! :D
Look like I was fortunate to have seen one with some ideas in 1966.
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by ZA Perana » Tue 14 Jan 2014, 16:13

Craig wrote:My dad had one and it went very well, recall him saying he could get 90km/h in 1st gear or some thing crazy like that and the power band was from 4000 or 4500RPM then it wa sa very lively car. But sure he said it was a 1900cc. He sadly blew the motor or head gasket and a neighbor who did stock car racing made a deal to swop the motor with a chev 2.5 and do all the work etc. He was quite upset with the loss of power and then sold the car.
I would enjoy buying one and recall playing in it.
Here's a pic of one I saw at the Scotsburgh classic cars show. We called it Kyalami orange. Been considering painting my Ranchero orange with black in memory of his Viva GT, but probably go white and black as he would prefer me to keep it original as possible.
Great pics!
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by Graeme » Tue 14 Jan 2014, 16:52

Yip , im off to Durban to look for that orange. Very nice pics.
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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by werner » Tue 14 Jan 2014, 19:20

That 1900 could be the same motor my opel manta had. Very eager when you put your foot down. When the motor was overhauled, they had to get new pistons from Germany.
That orange looks magic.

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Re: Vauxhall viva GT

Post by ZA Perana » Tue 14 Jan 2014, 22:02

werner wrote:That 1900 could be the same motor my opel manta had. Very eager when you put your foot down. When the motor was overhauled, they had to get new pistons from Germany.
That orange looks magic.
I think this motor fitted to the Viva was a bit different to the Manta motor but am not 100% sure.
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