Vauxhall has announced the very first public display of models from the company’s extensive heritage fleet.
The Stockwell Discovery Centre, located in Vauxhall’s hometown of Luton, will play host to the exhibition which opens next month.
Entry will be free, but a ticketing system will limit numbers to allow social distancing to be maintained.
At the heart of Luton’s history
Vauxhall became a car manufacturer in 1903, initially starting production in South London. However, the company moved to Luton in 1905, needing extra space for its rapid expansion.
The connection between Vauxhall and Luton will be at the heart of the new exhibition. Vauxhall – Made in Luton will highlight the emergence of the company as Luton’s largest employer.
Karen Perkins, Director of Culture and Engagement at The Culture Trust Luton added: ‘The Culture Trust is passionate about Luton, its heritage and its people. Vauxhall has been an integral part of our community’s landscape for 115 years and we are proud and excited to host such a unique and rarely seen exhibition.
Historic greats and nostalgic favourites
For many, the major draw will be the chance to view an array of Vauxhall’s greatest hits. Eleven models, spanning the last 115 years, will form the selection on show.
These include the first Vauxhall made in Luton, the 1905 7/9hp, through to the 2002 Vectra. Other highlights will include the Lotus Carlton, and the Mk1. Astra GTE.
Simon Hucknall, Vauxhall’s Head of PR, commented: ‘There are some extremely rare and valuable cars on display, but many that will conjure ‘my-dad-had-one-of-those’ memories, too.’
Vauxhall – Made in Luton, will open on Saturday, 5th September, and run through until Easter 2021.
The Culture Trust Luton has details on opening times, and how to apply for tickets, on its website.