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  • redthunder

    Are you my Grandad?

    He had a Beige Shove-it.


    Did they forget to lower the front? Or has someone nicked the engine?

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    That needs a brown vinyl roof.

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    An uncle of mine had one.
    The headlights were so dim that you could drive on main beam all the time, but never ever get flashed.

    PITA to work on. To change the starter motor you had to take the exhaust off. Everything was located on one side of the engine, full on one side & nowt on the other.

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    Needs a red top on twin 45’s under the bonnet!

    Did they forget to lower the front?

    Boot’s got 6 hundredweight sacks  of Werthers Original in it.

    My mate had three , all suffered from no start on a hot engine, the number of times we had to bump start it in Crawley high street was depressing


    My mate had a green shitette when we were at school, used to drive like a nutter in it as 17 year olds did, eventually crashed it into the back of a massive (stationary) lorry on a slip road, that was that. Got a Hillman Hunter GLS after that.


    Cant be many Chevettes out there ?


    Lol at Werthers gag.


    I had a shuv-it like that for my first car in metaliccish green, 1.3 Automatic bought from auction for £300. It once stalled in a flood but served me well. Not a patch on my subsequent Volvo 340 however, that was a proper car.

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    We were once at Oulton Park. A Chevette saloon turned up in a very matt but original dark red paint. The guy swapped wheels for something very skinny and presumably bald. He then went on the drift track and did the lowest speed but most precise driving out of anyone there.


    My first company car was a red three door, was very basic, but practical (nobody would want to nick it.)
    Used as an office hack and apparently came to an untimely end in a crash on Sauchihall Hall St.

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    My first car was a Chevette in Dysentery Beige. Absolutely loved it. Pair of hifi speakers in the boot and a cheapass £40 stereo banging out Fat Of The Land on the way to college. Ended up killing it by “rallying” on a really unsuitable dirt road between Wyming Brook and the A57, although it did still manage to get me home somehow. I’d have another in a heartbeat.

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    I’ve got the YouTube channel for you RedThunder.


    Thank me later.

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    Going by the responses a Vaux Pop the.

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    Crawley high street was depressing

    Hardly the cars fault…

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    I had a baby blue version of that without the nice wheels. There was so much rust in the boot floor. Only car I have ever had broken into. I fitted a stereo and some **** put a brick through the window to nick it. Still brings back some nice memories too.

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    My mate bought a bright yellow Viva the other week..

    Says “one day it’s gonna be worth £’000’s”

    I said “it’ll be a pile of rust again by then, and you will have spent £’000’s on keeping it from turning brown”

    He wasn’t impressed.

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    Kadett definitely the better looker. Pal had one, some classic adventures in thon.

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    I’d like to mock, but I secretly want a Viva. My grandad had one and I just love the shape, like a tiny muscle car. (and there was an australian version with a smallblock in it…)

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    I learnt to drive in a Viva and then my dad got a Chevette. I preferred the Viva.

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    Goes up Shellsley all right. 🙂

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    Has your guide dog got a day off??

    My first car was a Chevette in YELLOW, GLS no less 🤣

    A year or so later myself and my mates started buying hothatches (back when 18 year olds could insure them).

    One of of them got a MK2 escort RS2000 and another bought a Chevette HS. If I’m being honest they where both not great cars to drive or own (especially the HS as I recall) compared to the GTE/XR/GTi’s etc.

    Eventually they gave up on them breaking down and not great to drive in the wet and joined us “boy racers”.

    I now take great delight in sending them copies every one that now comes up for sale at prices over £30 to £40K.

    Turns out we didn’t know shit.

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    there was an australian version with a smallblock in it

    Here there was the Firenza, it didn’t have a V8 but did have a highly tuned 2.3 litre engine.

    I Remember the time when the world was powered by the black fuel.

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    When I was 17 one of my mates bought a HS. Was a bit of a dog but christ, it was the fastest thing any of us had sat in – plus extra comedy bruising on the passenger’s leg when the driver put his foot down and the engine rocked by about 45 degrees

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    According to ‘how many left’ there were 251 Chevettes still on the road in 2018 – the mind boggles!

    My mates mum had one in white. At least I think that’s what colour it was, there was more rust and filler than actual metal.

    What amazes me more than anything is that shitbox can’t have been more than 7 years old at the time and it was a wreck. My present cars are 10 and 11 years old and neither has a hint of tinworm.

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    I had a Chevette, loved the shape, loads of room in the back, really enjoyed owning it, would have loved an HS with the 2.3 slant-four motor.
    Even better, and similar vintage and underpinnings, there’s always one of these:

    Or one of these:

    I owned one for several years, until engine issues and a rotten floor put paid to it, sadly. Absolutely loved it, like a compact Camaro, if I had the money I’d buy another and put a small but pokey motor in it, like the Vauxhall 1.4 Turbo, with upgraded suspension and brakes, with modern tyres, a fun, attractive little car.
    I had a pair of big Pioneer speakers in the rear shelf, which was a steel sheet; mounted underneath with holes cut in the steel and cloth over the top, the sound was fantastic, with amazing bass, but no clues from the outside. I had a Pioneer component system providing sounds, from metal and chrome tapes, 12” singles recorded from my Logik turntable. I miss that car. 🙁

    plus one

    Mate had a white one full body kit. It looked the bollocks(back then) I’d have one 🙂

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    Needs flames down the sides and some sort of mythical bird painting on the bonnet. Vroom!

    The great Gerry Marshall in a Viva GT


    I like this as well 😉

    Where are the cardboard boxes ? 🙂

    I like this as well

    That looks like a  Laser.

    It’s no Tickford

    Jez Avery used to scare people shitless in a silver one blinked up more than the one Cougar posted above. It was only missing purple anodising.

    Top bloke, terrible taste in cars…


    I had a Kadett when I was 18, superb cars
    I bought another one some years later and still have it
    sub 800kg RWD, LSD, 220hp supercharged 16v
    Like a works tarmac rally car, with less weight and reliable.
    one day it’ll be finished 😉

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