If you like the looks of the 1979 Vauxhall Chevette Black Magic then you’ll really like how it goes because lurking under the bonnet is a 2279cc single cam engine coupled to a close-ratio five speed Gertrag gearbox, similar to that in the Chevette 2300HS.
The single cam engine is standard production form delivered 118 BHP and had achieved a string of of victories at championship levels in its more powerful rally version. Inside, the level of luxury was promoted as “decadent” with front seats that were contoured in real leather, the dashboard was styled in real wood and the carpet was so thick that “your feet disapear”. The stereo/radio was said to put home systems to shame with individually tunable speakers in the doors. It was probably the most luxurious small car on the road at the time. (image source: John Lloyd)