1963 Vauxhall Viva DL 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland
Best Vauxhall until the Nova saloon!
Petrol tank leaked.
Fuel pump failed.
Door hinges worn out and repaired.
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