Classic Vauxhall Viva to be auctioned by Perrys

The special charity auction featuring the Vauxhall is being hosted on the website eBay in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The Viva being auctioned (photographed above) has covered just 11,500 miles in 36 years.

You can learn more about the Viva Charity auction now on the Perrys Miles 4 Smiles page. You can also take a virtual tour of the Viva being auctioned.

The Vauxhall Viva HC is a family car which was first launched back in 1970 and remained in production until 1979.

The car was built in a variety of bodystyles including two-door and four-door saloon and three-door fastback estate. A two-door coupe based on the Viva HC was also developed, which became known as the Vauxhall Firenza.

The standard Viva HC represented a family car challenger for the in-demand second-generation Ford Escort. The 1300L model uses a 1.3-litre petrol engine, linked to a four-speed manual gearbox. In its prime the car produced 53bhp. This allowed for a zero to 60mph sprint time of 17.6 seconds and a top speed of 84mph.

The profile of the Vauxhall Viva HC received a big boost back in 1976 when it featured in an advert starring F1 racing driver James Hunt. Today the advert is viewable now on the Vauxhall YouTube channel and can be watched just below.

When production of the Viva came to an end, it was effectively succeeded in 1979 by the first-generation Vauxhall Astra.

The Viva HC makes one of several exciting items on offer in Perrys Miles 4 Smiles auction. Other items available from the auction include an official Ferrari jacket, an iPad and a signed Sir Stirling Moss steering wheel. The auction will start on the 9th January 2014.

Anyone in or near Barnsley tonight can visit the Perrys Barnsley showroom from 6.30pm to get an exclusive look at the Viva to be auctioned.

You can donate online to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and keep up to date with developments of the auction on Twitter via the hashtag #MILES4SMILES.