1990 Vauxhall Astra MK2 GTE
(Featured on 29th May 2014)
Sellers original description:
The ultimate Astra GTE 16v with one owner and just 18,097 miles from new.
Aerodynamic sill mouldings, body coloured bumpers, red bumper inserts, NACA bonnet air ducts, body coloured front spoiler and rear aerofoil, black finish to B-pillars and rear panel, dual rectangular tailpipes, alloy road wheels, laminated windscreen, green tinted glass, windscreen shadeband, halogen headlamps, high pressure headlamp washers, integral driving lamps, body coloured sunroof, anti-lock brakes, power steering, steering column adjust, electric aerial, sports front seats, driver’s seat height adjustment, Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), seven-function check control panel, electric windows, central locking, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors.
This astounding Astra GTE is finished in Vauxhall Glacier White (code 10L) and retains an incredible pure shine from the original factory paint. The vehicle has never received any replacement panels or welding work, and there is no rust on the car whatsoever. The paintwork is in flawless condition aside from a very small area to the lower front offside wing where the paint has rubbed thin. This can be considered the only extreme minor imperfection that can easily be rectified, but has been left unaltered in order to preserve the cars true originality. All bumpers, factory fit glass and lights are in perfect condition, as are the correct GTE 16V decals and badges. There is a light scratch to the nearside door mirror and a small touched in scratch to the offside door mirror. Upon raising the bonnet you are greeted with a truly exceptional engine bay, being standard and correct in every manner with all manufacturer stickers present. Meticulous attention to originality and preservation in this iconic performance hatchback from Vauxhall.
The interior of this example is impeccable in every respect. Trimmed in Rainbow and Anthracite arrangement with matching door cards, the correct specification for Glacier White GTE’s. The seats and door cards are completely free from wear and deterioration, commensurate with the remarkably low mileage covered. The dashboard and incorporated switchgear is perfect and fully functional, including the factory fitted Phillips security coded stereo cassette player (model DC670). Further GTE specific equipment extends to the fantastic Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) instrument cluster and additional separate 7-function check control panel, both of which perform exactly as the manufacturer intended. An exceptionally rare and beautifully fresh classic Vauxhall interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION:
The 150PS C20XE engine with double overhead camshafts is one element that certainly set the Astra GTE 16v well ahead of its competitors. With a power output of 148 bhp and maximum torque output of 144.6 lb.ft, a top speed of 135mph is reached whilst 0-62 is dealt with in a mere 8.0 seconds. The 5 speed manual gearbox with final drive ratio of 3:42:1 feels positively tight and offer excellent progression up the range. Legendary Vauxhall engineering undoubtedly at its best.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES:
The white alloy road wheels fitted as standard to all Glacier White GTE 16v cars are in immaculate condition having suffered no damage or age related wear. The beautiful and delightfully period wheels are shod in the original fit Uniroyal Rallye 185/65/R14 tyres which have excellent tread remaining. The braking system incorporates 10.1in ventilated front discs and 10.2in rear discs and features electronic anti-lock brake assist (ABS) to install the utmost confidence for enthusiastic use, allowing the car to be enjoyed just as Vauxhall intended.
This superb one owner vehicle was registered new on 8th March 1990 by company director Mr J English and promptly transferred into his private name after just three months of ownership, where it has remained ever since. The astonishingly low mileage 18,097 is fully supported and verified by absolutely every MOT certificate from new. All handbooks, service record, radio guides and Vauxhall supplements are present in the original grey plastic wallet. Further elements to delight the purist include the original radio code security sticker booklet which is complete and unused. This glorious classic Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v offering represents an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a slice of Vauxhall motoring history, a certain must have for any modern classic car collection or the most diehard of classic Vauxhall enthusiasts. Just brilliant.
12 Months MOT, HPI Clear, Approved Used Car Check Certificate.