The History of VauxhallWith more than one-hundred and twelve years of history, the first thing you will notice about Vauxhall Motors is the griffin emblem which has been derived from the coat of arms of Falkes de Breauté’s. With numerous iconic models and so much heritage, let’s take a brief look at the history of this automaker.

  • 1857 – Founded

The company was founded by Alexander Wilson, a Scottish engineer, in Vauxhall. The company was originally called Alex Wilson & Co before being renamed to the Vauxhall Iron Works in 1897. It manufactured pumps and marine engines. Wilson parted with the company in 1894, and they began manufacturing petrol engines.

  • 1903 – First car

Their first car was the 6HP. This car had a single cylinder and used a tiller for steering. It didn’t have a reverse gear but featured a couple of forward gears.

  • 1907 – Vauxhall

They changed the company name to Vauxhall Motors to define this shift to vehicle manufacture.

  • 1913 – Vauxhall 30-98

This car was able to set the quickest time in the day on its first ever outing. Today, it is considered one of the best sports vehicles in the 20th century.

  • 1939-1945 – World War II

During WWII, Vauxhall made three types of tanks and called them Churchill.

  • 1957 – Vauxhall Victor

This large family car was manufactured for twenty-one years and became the most exported car in Britain.

  • 1967 – Royal Warrant Holder

They became Royal Warrant holders to the Queen. The Warrant was further extended in 1994 when the Prince of Wales was added.

  • 1979 – Vauxhall Astra

This range has produced seven generations since inception. Since 2007, it has been used for emergency policing and neighborhood policing too. It is the second best-selling car in Britain.

  • 2015 – Vauxhall Viva

This is the most affordable vehicle in the Vauxhall line-up and was a replacement for the Agila. It draws attention to the beloved Viva car which was released back in 1963.