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Re: The New Viva

Postby stevemarl » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:27 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
stevemarl wrote:Ah - but don`t forget they did do a 2300 engined version - with twin Strombergs! I`d imagine that could`ve topped 110?


Steve,
The Firenza/ Magnum 2300 supposedly topped 120MPH. Maybe it had a different speedo fitted, calibrated to a higher amount.

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Yes, the Magnums certainly had the later 6 dial instrument display, not unlike a certain Ford of the era...
(Or was it even 7, tacho, speedo & clock + 4 minor gauges???)
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Re: The New Viva

Postby stevemarl » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:30 pm

Peter-S wrote:I learnt to drive in a Viva HB, can't imagine I'll be rushing to drive the new one though


They used to be everywhere HBs, mostly with rotten wigs I must say. Not seen one of them for years
I learned in an HC, UTD9L. Happy days!

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Re: The New Viva

Postby stevemarl » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:37 pm

stevemarl wrote: mostly with rotten wigs I must say.


Car wigs are something else, big in the `70s, which have now been completely forgotten about. You tell young people today and they just won`t believe you!

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:49 pm

stevemarl wrote:(Or was it even 7, tacho, speedo & clock + 4 minor gauges???)

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More gauges usually equals better. Not in this case, I definitely prefer the Capri instruments.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby stevemarl » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:55 pm

God that`s an ugly steering wheel.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:00 pm

stevemarl wrote:mostly with rotten wigs I must say.....Car wigs are something else, big in the `70s,



Hi,
Just to illustrate the point for our younger forum members.
I remember my Aunt had a wig just like this fitted to her Wolseley Hornet. Unfortunately, it went rotten, as was all too often the case......
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Re: The New Viva

Postby stevemarl » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:13 pm

I don`t think I need to say anything here, the aesthetic speaks for itself.... I can see this making a comeback.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:34 am

stevemarl wrote:I can see this making a comeback

I hope so, especially in that colour. Very discreet!

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Re: The New Viva

Postby pbar » Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:36 am

stevemarl wrote:I don`t think I need to say anything here, the aesthetic speaks for itself.... I can see this making a comeback.

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Do you think it's worthwhile if I advise him to keep it standard? :D

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Big Mike » Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:21 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
stevemarl wrote:mostly with rotten wigs I must say.....Car wigs are something else, big in the `70s,



Hi,
Just to illustrate the point for our younger forum members.
I remember my Aunt had a wig just like this fitted to her Wolseley Hornet. Unfortunately, it went rotten, as was all too often the case......
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Andrew.

stevemarl wrote:I don`t think I need to say anything here, the aesthetic speaks for itself.... I can see this making a comeback.

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In another thread I have literally just posted that 'anything quirky gets the thumbs up from me'. I would publicly like to retract that statement herewith.

Shame some things just can't be unseen.......

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:55 pm

stevemarl wrote:I can see this making a comeback.
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Prophetic words.

Guess what I spotted today?

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One furry Citroen ZX. It's hard to tell from the photo, as it's got a short pile, not like the deep pile Capri in the photo.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby stevemarl » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:43 pm

Always thought the shaved/stubble look was a bit....chavey myself.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby johnd444wph » Tue May 09, 2017 5:18 pm

Lmao I remember seeing this it's white perl now I bought it 5 years ago a Matt black colour with some "glue" spots on the body never new it looked liked this we did chuckle

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Major_Tom » Wed May 10, 2017 7:51 pm

I just showed my old man that new Jazz. I mean Viva. He looked a mixture of shocked and offended and said "awful" then went away to do something else to take his mind off it.
My car isn't stupid.... it's MENTAL.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Not_Anumber » Thu May 11, 2017 12:49 pm

Vauxhall have the new Viva, the Adam and the Corsa in the same small car segment so they seem to be crowding their own marketplace. Mind you I supose they are selling them unlike Ford's late shape KA. I had a couple of Firenzas back in the day, never a fan of the odd slant fan engine.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Paul G » Thu May 11, 2017 1:33 pm

Not_Anumber wrote:Vauxhall have the new Viva, the Adam and the Corsa in the same small car segment so they seem to be crowding their own marketplace. Mind you I supose they are selling them unlike Ford's late shape KA. I had a couple of Firenzas back in the day, never a fan of the odd slant fan engine.


I can understand the new Viva being aimed at those who would have bought a Hyundai Atoz or Suzuki Wagon R or some other piece of delightful Oriental minaturised engineering, but the Adam must be GM's answer to the Fiat 500 or a cheap version of the Mini with all the different colours and trim options you can get. I guess it's named after Adam Opel, the man who founded the company whose name it wears in the rest of europe.

Like everyone says though, whats the point of either of them? Imho it would probably make more sense from a manufacturing prospective if Vauxhall / Opel offered the Corsa as a boggo windy windows no frills version, (a la Dacia Sondero) for about £7-8k and further up the range introduced all the colour/trim Adam options to appeal to those who may buy a Fiat 500.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Major_Tom » Fri May 12, 2017 12:39 pm

Could you not cover a car in fur for its MoT if you were lazy? You'd have to do the underside too, sure, but would it work?
My car isn't stupid.... it's MENTAL.

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Fri May 12, 2017 12:50 pm

Major_Tom wrote:Could you not cover a car in fur for its MoT if you were lazy? You'd have to do the underside too, sure, but would it work?

I don't know why more people don't do that! :D
I expect the MOT tester would think it's a "fur"king joke......

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Re: The New Viva

Postby Major_Tom » Fri May 12, 2017 1:38 pm

Yes it would go "down" in history as a great get out.
My car isn't stupid.... it's MENTAL.


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