I-spy a 20 reg

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The first car I remember with four exhaust (two pairs) outlets was a Vauxhall Viva GT. I've looked online for a photo but haven't been able to find one.

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Paul-R wrote:
11 Mar 2020, 12:56
The first car I remember with four exhaust (two pairs) outlets was a Vauxhall Viva GT. I've looked online for a photo but haven't been able to find one.
I'll have a look on Vauxpedia Paul which has an immense collection of Vauxhall Brochures see if I can find one :-D

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Found the words Paul but not yet the pictures!
http://vauxpedianet.uk2sitebuilder.com/ ... 000---viva

There were two versions of the GT, Mk1 and the rarer and better Mk2. The car was powered by the then unique 1975cc O.H.C slant 4 engine, rated at 104bhp (Net), with twin Stromberg CD175 carburettors, that would later be used in the VX4/90 FD. The GT body shell was made at Ellesmere Port and then transferred to Luton where the modified FD Victor and Cresta parts were fitted, turning the car into a Viva GT. This is the reason why the Mk1 GT had a 'V' in the chassis number, denoting Luton build while the Mk2 was assembled at Ellesmere Port with the parts shipped in from Luton, hence their chassis number includes an 'E' for Ellesmere Port. Curiously there are a few cars known as Mk1.5s, these were crossover Mk1 cars fitted with some of the new Mk2 features thereby dressing up the older car and using up inventory parts stock. Vauxhall took heed of the negative press comments and toned down the Mk2 which was a much more civilised sports saloon. The Mk1 used a close ratio gearbox from the early FD Ventora and PC Cresta, the Mk2 had a standard ratio gearbox with a different gear linkage and a 'Mushroom' headed gearstick with a lock out for reverse gear. The rear axle was basically a shortened and modified FD Victor item, the Mk1 used a ratio of 3.9:1 and an extended pinion and single piece propshaft, while the Mk2 used 3.4:1 ratio, a short pinion and a two piece propshaft. A front anti-roll bar was fitted and rear on Mk2s. The front and rear springs, and shock absorbers were all uprated from the standard HB to cope with the extra power. Early engines used an alloy sump while later cars used steel. The Mk1 used a twin exhaust system, basically 2 HB SL90 exhausts with no less than 4 tail pipes!! The later Mk2 used a single system very similar to the ohc HC Viva. The interior was based on the standard SL but showcased the instrument layout first seen on the XVR concept car in 1966 and on the Mk2 the auxiliary switches on the centre console.
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..and the picture...

http://files.uk2sitebuilder.com/uk2grou ... .03.68.jpg
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Yes, I found that picture as well but I thought that it was so dark under the rear that the pipes were really visible. I suppose that having them pointed out helps!

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Half way into March and so far we have manage to collect....

A Mini cooper
A single ubiquitous anonymous silver SUV of uncertain parentage.
A Vauxhall Crossland
A BMW something or other
A quartet of Mercedes Sprinter Vans on a transporter
A small flock Turkish Transit Vans the "backbone of Britain"
A Yellow Audi TT.

Is that it? Have our March 20 reg spots dried up?

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I haven’t seen any yet. Not on the road anyway, saw a few waiting to be collected at the garage when I collected the new van last week.

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Nor me, but I have the camera poised!!! :)

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Seen nothing (as usual) :(

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One of these on the Northumberland North Sea Riviera Palm Trees and all
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^^^^^ That surprisingly is the better view. Had I marched down the private drive and photographed its face it would have had to go in the I spy an ugly SUV thread, or perhaps even Room 101.

See what you think. If I had £56,000 I think I would have got something else.

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Spotted two 20 reg vehicles, while collecting some PPE from my brother
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I've seen a handful, but I did see a white Leaf the other day, so that is my first 20-EV!

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Still haven't seen one. Had a walk around the estate a couple of days ago and with almost everyone being home with their posh cars thought I might but not a single one.

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First one without moving from my seat L)
Bloke over the road with a white van has just rolled up in a '20' Transit van.
He has the franchise for all Amazon Prime deliveries in this area, the other vans are all liveried but his is plain.
He was driving a Jag XF before he started using white vans.