by Mark Nobes, chief editor

Firstly, the video playlist (above) features a selection of old Cavalier TV adverts, along with a a promotional video, slideshow and photos from the Cavalier and Chevette Club at Billing.

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 and eventually replaced the larger Victor which was becoming long in the tooth.

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!

1973 Vauxhall Victor FE 1760cc
The Vauxhall Victor FE was produced between 1972-1976. Photo of this 1973 model by Charles01

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.

Indeed, Vauxhall are renowned for good fuel economy, and I currently drive an Astra which I find to be more economical than the Fiesta I previously owned.

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.

In the UK, the Cavalier was badged as the Vectra from 1995, starting with the Vecta B. The cavalier was badged as a Vectra A from 1988 outside the UK.


Vauxhall Cavalier
By Charles01 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1988 MkII Cavalier

Retro British Police Car - Vauxhall Cavalier
Photo Credit: Ian Fuller via Compfight cc
An old British Cavalier police car

1983 Vauxhall Cavalier wagon (7401030478)
By TuRbO_J from Adelaide, Australia (1983 Vauxhall Cavalier wagon) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


1994 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Automatic (15844518306)
By Kieran White from Manchester, England (1994 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Automatic) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Vauxhall Cavalier MkII Estate (1983)
Public Domain image of a Vauxhall Cavalier MkII Estate (1983)

Vauxhall Cavalier Cabriolet 1796cc (1986)
1986 Cabriolet which featured a 1796cc engine. Photo by Charles01

1994 Vauxhall Cavalier
1994 Cavalier

Engine - under the bonnet of 1 1993 1.7TD Vauxhall Cavalier
1993 1.7 TD Cavalier engine

This excellent slideshow features a wide range of old cars, starting with a beautifully clear photo of a blue MkII Cavalier.


Vauxhall Cavalier GLS: SAO855R East Tanfield
A GLS model

Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 2000 GL
The typically 1970s brown interior of a Mk1 2000 GL.

Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 2000 GL
A very nice shot of a Mk1 2000 GL

Vauxhall Cavalier Dashboard
Unfortunately, details of which Cavalier model this interior belongs to weren't supplied with this photo.
Retro family car - 1994 Vauxhall Cavalier V6
1994 V6 with typically 90s wheel trims

1994 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8 GLS (15551918729)
By Kieran White from Manchester, England (1994 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8 GLS) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8 (15112608394)
By grassrootsgroundswell (White Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Vauxhall Cavalier Coupe

 1979 Vauxhall Cavalier Coupe. Ah yes, who remembers wipers for the headlamps? Another pretty pointless, but cool accessory.

By Herranderssvensson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons