1982 Vauxhall Chevette L 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Engine of a tank, bodywork of a box of tissues. Loved it!
Anti-roll bar linkage (on a trip through the Welsh mountains. Fun on the way back!)
Carb gasket (30p for the part; £30 to have it towed to a garage).
Bottom fell out of the driver's door and the window went with it. Replaced with door from a scrap yard for a tenner.
Wings turned to confetti eventually - scrap yard again (£7 each AND I met TV's Pat Roach!)
Bought as a replacement for an absolutely awful 1977 Golf (two engines exploded). My first car was a Viva so the Chevette was like meeting up with an old friend (sad) except it handled better. Brilliant handling, in fact, even if it was rather slow, although I did manage to get 103mph out of it once.
The engine was absolutely unbreakable (probably because it was cast from the earth's core, or something). The bodywork? Well, I'd made more substantial papier mache face masks at junior school! But I can't grumble. Went all over Britain in it and it was my car at university, so fond memories.
Cheap as chips and utterly reliable. A definite classic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th April, 2001