1984 Vauxhall Carlton S GL saloon (Opel Rekord)

1984 Vauxhall Carlton S GL saloon (Opel Rekord)
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1984 Vauxhall Carlton S GL saloon (Opel Rekord)

1984 Vauxhall Carlton S GL saloon (Opel Rekord)
– Very pleased to see this one. I’m no big fan of the wheels, but they’re not disgraceful, and it does look like the rest of the car has been kept very original which is good. These aren’t often seen as modified, especially as this one’s now 30 years old! I never see Carltons now, even the later ones so was a nice sight.

I can’t say for sure if this is actually a Carlton (as it’s listed as on the DVLA) or if it’s an Opel Rekord as all the badges tell me. It’s interesting that the owner’s gone to all the trouble of replacing the badges if it is indeed a Carlton. Would anyone be able to work out which ones this is? It’s RHD, and I don’t think it’s been imported.

One of 15 Carlton S GLs on the roads.

The vehicle details for A634 HBY are:

Date of Liability 01 08 2014
Date of First Registration 18 01 1984
Year of Manufacture 1984
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1796cc
CO₂ Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type PETROL
Export Marker N
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour BLUE
Vehicle Type Approval Not Available (by charlie cars on 2014-02-18 13:10:00 )

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17 thoughts on “1984 Vauxhall Carlton S GL saloon (Opel Rekord)

  1. It was a bit confusing when RHD Opels were sold in the UK alongside almost identical Vauxhalls.

    I’m not too keen on the wheels either.

  2. I’ve always found the Opel/Vauxhall combo of the 70s and 80s confusing. Shame it’s not remained a ‘giffers pride and joy’. I really hope they know how to look after something that loves to rust.

    It looks to be lacking some decent security, which is worrying. Cars like these, you really cannot let them out your sight. Here’s an example of a "It’ll be fine in this nice area.."
    retrorides.proboards.com/thread/102131?page=2

    I wonder if this is driven with care or competition?

  3. Its probably a genuine Opel Record, you could buy Opel badged cars here for a while in the 1980s, its a great find with shitty wheels. I saw a mk1 Orion the other day with a similar set of wheels and it too looked crap.

  4. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/82392647@N08] It’s a shame when they’re modified, but if it kept it out of the scrapyard, I’m not so bothered.

  5. Yep, my car, my (apparently) divisive steels that are easy enough to swap back should I feel the need. It’s a Carlton, I just swapped for Rekord E2 badges as I think the massive griffin looks a bit out of place on these.

  6. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/92622665@N08] I agree, better on the road than gone forever. Its all about taste and these wheels are tasteless.

  7. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/82392647@N08] It would be tragically stringent if it came into force. Halfords would just have to diversify into other areas of car maintenance – maybe start the ‘Halfords University’ where students and scholars can learn about the psychology of what goes on in the mind of a petrolhead, home mechanic or cyclist!

    The modified cars on the streets would have to be changed to their original specs or be taken off the road for good. So yes a boot spoiler, a set of RS Turbo alloys on a Popular Plus, a chrome gear knob and even something as subtle as an aftermarket stereo would have to be removed for it to be ‘road legal’ and pass an ever stricter MOT. I’m sure I heard there another country that is already doing this – if I remember I’ll tell you.

  8. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgk_88] Last week whilst having the Victor MoT tested the tester was saying that somewhere deep down in Europe there is talk of all cars up to the last day of 1979 will soon be MoT exempt. I used to be part of a car club many moons ago and we were introduced to new rule from English parliament (not Europe) about bonnet scoops have to be lower and within a cars original profile on cars built after 1987, that hardly bothered many of us as most were putting super charged V8s in older cars anyway, There is an Escort Cabbie woth a supercharged V8 in my stream and that’s an 85, 86 MY, if that car was an 88 or newer it’d be illegal. There are far too many cars out there with irreversible mods such as tube chassis, tubbed rear ends, V8s in place of 4 pots… where do I end. I can’t see this law being passed without a good fight from people that have invested thousands into their cars. We all know the EU is just a bunch of prats with not a lot else to do.

  9. This belongs to Jamie Arkle from Total Vauxhall. As I suspect is the fashion in the Vauxhall modifying scene just now, Opelizing the car and fitting wheels is what has happened here.

  10. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgk_88] A complete ban on car modifications would never work… Halfords would collapse for starters and how big a chain is that, what would become of the cars already modified on the streets? What is the minimum that you can do to your car before its classed a modification? Is a boot spoiler a mod? Is a set of RS Turbo alloys on a Popular Plus a mod? Is a chrome gear knob a mod…??? It wouldn’t work… they have talked about this before and hit a dead end. The European Union is unpopular across Europe enough as it is without meddaling with a huge pastime popular almost globaly.

  11. That would be me stuffed then! It’ll never happen in the UK, the MOT serves it’s purpose as regards to the safety of modifications

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