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1972 Vauxhall Firenza Deluxe [HC]

1972 Vauxhall Firenza [HC] in Richard Hammond's Top Gear Stunt Challenge, Documentary, 2008

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK

1972 Vauxhall Firenza Deluxe [HC]

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marioman3138 AU

2009-02-25 06:04

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Vauxhall Firenza?

chris40 UK

2009-02-25 09:30

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No, Vauxhall Viva [HC] Coupé, 1971+. Used the body of the Firenza but without the droop-snoot.

Fluxflare42 EN

2009-02-25 09:39

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The same car is used in the Big Book of Top Gear and there, its listed as a Firenza. So whether TG has got it wrong, i dont know.

turbobanana EN

2009-02-25 10:46

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chris40 wrote No, Vauxhall Viva [HC] Coupé, 1971+. Used the body of the Firenza but without the droop-snoot.


Are you sure? I'm happy to be shot down in flames, but I don't remember this being anything other than a Firenza...

Skid US

2009-02-25 10:53

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Looks like a Viva to me.

chris40 UK

2009-02-25 11:08

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This is a Firenza: note the front: Link to "www.oldclassiccar.co.uk"
The main pic is unmistakeably a Viva, look at the bog-standard rims. A friend of mine had one, not quite as derelict as this one but no beauty.

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BeanBandit FI

2009-02-25 11:19

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Hammonds's hair is getting worse every year.

DynaMike NL

2009-02-25 12:37

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I'd agree on Viva; the Firenza had moer fancy wheels (and ometimes a sloping front).

banger134 EN

2009-02-25 12:52

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I'm still thinking early firenza not Droopsnoot as these have diffrent front wings

Sunbar UK

2009-02-25 12:55

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Fluxflare42 wrote The same car is used in the Big Book of Top Gear and there, its listed as a Firenza. So whether TG has got it wrong, i dont know.


The early Firenza Deluxe did have plain wheels and hubcaps as here without even wheel-trims, also rectangular head-lights and not the quad-round headlights of the more expensive models.

The "Firenza Deluxe" in the Vauxhall brochure. (link updated)
http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/others/firenza/3.html
The full brochure http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/others/firenza/firenza.html

The Viva coupe was a low cost sell out model to use up bodies when Vauxhall found the sales were very poor. Most if not all were sold as 'Viva E' coupes (E for economy) and were the cheapest Vivas. Their actual sales compared with their intended competition, the Ford Capri, was a disastrous flop.

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minifan92 EN

2009-12-15 19:41

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Hammond's own Firenza

enza72 UK

2011-02-08 19:36

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Richard Hammonds vauxhall is indeed a Vauxhall Firenza delux. The delux had single rectangular headlamps with integral sidelights. It also had 13\" wheels with hubcaps. The Firenza SL had 4 round headlamps with sidelights with the indicators, hubcaps or optional rostyles. The Magnum had rostyles. The droopsnoot had dunlop alloy wheels but I believe those were only on the 2300 magnum. The last models were called Viva Magnum.

My car is a 1972 Vauxhall Firenza delux 1256cc. If any of you out there have a spare front indicator lens (plain amber), please let me know cos I have one which is broken. Many Thanks,

ENZA

Sandie SX

2011-02-08 19:38

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Didn't he restore it and write a series of article for Practical Classics magazine?

Classic Enthusiast EN

2012-08-07 17:19

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As previously mentioned, this is Hammond's own car and was featured in Practical Classics (I don't know about a series of articles, I only have November 2006) and also in his Daily Mirror articles. Just to clear things up, she is a 1972 Firenza with a 1256cc engine plus a grille and single headlamps that were shared with the Viva HC.

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