This popular large family car was built by General Motors (GM) between 1975 and 1995. The first British-built model was the Mk1 at the Luton plant in August 1977. The Mk1 was based on the German Opel Ascona.
During the 70s, the Cavalier's main competition was the Morris Marina, Austin Maxi and Ford Cortina - spookily, my Dad had one of each of these at some point in the 70s, but not a Cavalier. I remember the Marina being particularly unreliable and breaking down during our holiday in Scotland!
Built between 1981 and 1988, the MkII Cavalier featured a new front-wheel drive and much improved fuel economy and performance. In the mid-eighties it became the second best-selling car in the UK behind the Ford Escort.
The third generation of the Vauxhall Cavalier was built between 1988 and 1995. In 1990 it beat the Ford Sierra, Rover 400 and Rover Montego and topped the sales charts for large-medium family cars. It held the top spot until 1994, when the Ford Mondeo became a firm favourite with the British Family man.
Photo of a 1987 Mk2 Cavalier - sorry about the picture quality!
A GLS model
The typical 70s brown interior of a Mk1 2000 GL.
A very nice shot of a Mk1 2000 GL
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