1963 Vauxhall Viva Review

1963 Vauxhall Viva DL 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1963
First year of ownership1974
Most recent year of ownership1976
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Previous carTriumph Herald

Summary:

Best Vauxhall until the Nova saloon!

Faults:

Dynamo failed.

Petrol tank leaked.

Fuel pump failed.

Door hinges worn out and repaired.

General Comments:

I bought the car from a back street dealer in the rain at night after I had had a few beers.

Yet it turned out to be a wonderful little car, the first car I owned that kept up with traffic, didn't use oil, and gave great fuel economy.

It was a delight to drive in town with feather light steering, a light clutch pedal and the best gear change of any car I've ever owned.

It wasn't so great at cornering, but I soon learned to curb my enthusiasm.

I also found the relatively large boot space very useful as well.

Looking back it was noisy and not particularly comfortable, but that mattered little to a 19 year old sailor!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2008

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review