We have classic Opels around here, but no Vauxhalls apart from a friend of mine with a Viva which has no rear brakes for burnouts. Shame, as this competition-spec Vauxhall VX4/90 from the sixties is something I could really get used to.
License plate 812 FNM started life as a Vauxhall Motors’ press car, before it was given to tuner Chris Lawrence to develop. In ’63, it competed extensively in the European Saloon Car Championship, before being transformed into a rally car for the ’64 season at the hands of ex-Lawrencetune employee, Rod Cooper.
Its current owner, historic racer Paul Clayson, acquired the car looking rather the worse for wear and he and ex-Vauxhall/Blydenstein man, Gerry Johnstone, embarked on a mission to bring it back to its ’63 Touring Car appearance. Producing 108bhp at 6250rpm, the car retains its original Lawrencetune inlet and exhaust manifolds, twin Weber 42DCOEs and bespoke cylinder head.
This freshly restored Vauxhall VX4/90 will debut at the Revival’s St Mary’s Trophy races on September 14, celebrating 50 years since its first appearance at Goodwood, wearing its original ‘90’ race number, backed by a crew from Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre and Press Garage with their newly restored Bedford CA van, sporting period works colors and ‘Vauxhall Sales & Service’ logos.
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