RESERVE LOWERED - 1991 Vauxhall Astra GTE Bertone


・One of only six on the UK roads
・Class leading performance & handling
・Electric powered roof & front windows
・Full Four-seater 
・Excellent paintwork 
・Fully working digital dash

Marque History

The Mark 2 Astra was launched on 17 October 1984. It used the same range of engines and running gear as the Mark 1, but with a completely restyled body with better aerodynamics. It was voted European Car of The Year in 1985.

Italian designers Bertone were responsible for the cabriolet and 6,764 were built from 1987 to 1993. These came with a 1.6 litre engine in standard trim and 2-litre in the GTEs, the latter available with powered roof and electric windows. These cars are praised for their shake-free shells and their sporting looks. 

Car History

First registered on the 31st of May 1991 with the registration mark HMW 2, we believe its new owner resided in the Bristol Area.

It then stayed in the West Country for several years before moving up to Bedfordshire, then further North to a private Yorkshire collection. It remained here dry stored until bought by the vendor in 2020.

Showing just 62,000 miles on the clock, that’s an average of just over 2,000 miles a year for this great example of Italian styling & Vauxhall design quality.

After re-commissioning but very little driving, the current owner has decided to part with the GTE and tick off another ‘90’s hot hatch from his bucket list.

DSC_0058.JPG 3.69 MB


This Astra GTE has a current Mot until December 2021 and a V5c in the current owner’s name. 

The accompanying file contains numerous receipts for work carried out over the years including the original service book, handbook and other booklets supplied with the car when new and receipts for parts, bits and bobs etc.


Finished in grey velour, the interior of this cabriolet certainly doesn’t show it’s 30 years of light use. The rear seats appear to have hardly been used with only the front drivers seat showing a little sign of the fabric stretching.

The black dashboard is clean & tidy with the digital instrument cluster appearing to all be in working order. These dashes really were revolutionary at the time and set the Vauxhall GTE apart from any of its rivals.

There is a 90s Alpine CD player fitted which has replaced the original radio cassette player. There is the original cassette storage compartment also.

Not forgetting the roof lining of course, which is clean & tidy without any visible tears & the door cards which are in excellent condition. 

An added extra is a Fifth generation Clifford immobiliser & alarm, probably fitted when the car was new. Working as intended with 2 sets of keys & fobs.


Looking resplendent in its deep red paintwork, black roof and finished off with silver alloy wheels, the Astra certainly wouldn’t look out of place at any classic car meet.

Having recently been thoroughly polished to a high standard, the body on this car looks great with very few chips or scratches and only one slight area of bubbling showing just below the rear window on the nearside.

Wheel arches appear sound as do sills although these are covered by exterior side trims.
The front bumper / airdam & bonnet generally vulnerable to stone chips on these Astras look very good with a deep lustre covering all.

The roof is in excellent condition without any signs of tears, repairs or wear & believed to be only three years old.


As mentioned, the GTEs have been recently re-commissioned after a period of storage. This involved a major service, changing all fluids etc but also a new timing belt, brake master cylinder, all hoses and the waterpump.

The engine sounded quiet at tickover & when being moved around for the photos. 

It was driven a few miles by the vendor to the shoot location with no sign of and smoke etc from the exhaust and did indeed show a good turn of acceleration up some long Yorkshire hills.

Said by the vendor to drive well with no knocks from the suspension.


Early Vauxhall Astra GTEs are becoming rare beasts on today’s roads with the Bertone being one of the rarest. 

Still very capable and daily usable, this Astra GTE with its roof down will bring a huge grin to anyone lucky enough to drive one.

Not only is this Astra a GTE with its performance engine & suspension package, it also has the luxury of a powered fold down roof, what more could you want for summer fun ! 
If you’ve always fancied one, now’s the time to buy whilst one or two are still around, they’re not making any more….  

Notice to bidders

Although every care is taken to ensure this listing is as factual and transparent as possible, all details within the listing are subject to the information provided to us by the seller. Car & Classic does not take responsibility for any information missing from the listing. Please ensure you are satisfied with the vehicle description and all information provided before placing a bid.

As is normal for most auctions, this vehicle is sold as seen, and therefore the Sale of Goods Act 1979 does not apply. All bids are legally binding once placed. Any winning bidder who withdraws from a sale, is subject to our bidders fee charge. Please see our FAQs and T&C's for further information. Viewings of vehicles are encouraged, but entirely at the seller's discretion.

See our Terms & Conditions here.

Please see our FAQs here and our Terms & Conditions here

Auction FAQs
Auction Details
  • Year 1991
  • Make Vauxhall
  • Model Astra GTE Bertone
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 62,000 Miles
  • Engine size 1998
  • Seller Type Private
  • County Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
23 Bids
  • sp•••• £7,200 02/08/21
  • ma•••• £7,000 04/08/21
  • ma•••• £6,900 02/08/21
  • sp•••• £6,800 02/08/21
  • ma•••• £6,600 02/08/21
  • mo•••• £6,500 02/08/21
  • ma•••• £6,150 02/08/21
  • mo•••• £6,000 02/08/21
  • Te•••• £5,500 02/08/21
  • mo•••• £5,000 02/08/21

The safest way to buy a classic car online

Car & Classic's secure payment system protects buyers and sellers. At the end of the auction, the winning bidder transfers payment into a third-party escrow account. Once the transfer of the vehicle is complete, both parties confirm they are happy with the sale and the money is released to the seller. More about buying with us
Safe, secure payment process

About Max Bids

The max bid process allows you to bid without any hassle.

Enter your maximum bid and we will then bid on your behalf to ensure you're the highest bidder - just enough to keep you in the lead and only up until your maximum.


Car & Classic prevent auction snipers from bidding in the last seconds to win an auction.

Auctions are extended by 3 minutes if anyone bids within the last 2 minutes to allow other bidders to react and counter-bid.

Auto-bidding increments

  • If your maximum bid is equal to or below the reserve price, your maximum bid will be applied in full if you are the highest bidder.
  • If you are the highest bidder and place a maximum bid above the reserve, we will automatically put in the reserve as your first bid.
    • Once the reserve has been met, Car & Classic will make sure you are the highest bidder using only the bidding increments stated below.
    • We will keep you in the lead up until your maximum bid OR the increment closest to your maximum bid, providing your maximum bid is enough to cover the increment value.

Bid Amount Increment
£0 to £9,999 £100.00
£10,000 to £49,999 £250.00
£50,000 to £99,999 £500.00
£100,000 + £1,000.00

Automatically outbid immediately

When you place a max bid and are outbid immediately that means that another bidder has placed a max bid limit which is higher than yours.

You can bid again and we will use our automatic bid system to try and get you as the highest bidder.

Matching max bids

When there are two max bids of the same value, the one placed first remains the lead bidder.


We may hold a pre-authorisation charge on your card until the end of the auction when the hold will be cancelled. If you win, we'll take a security deposit which counts towards the payment for the vehicle and isn't any extra cost to you.

What are pre-bids?

A pre-bid means you're able to place a bid before the official start of the auction.
You will be notified whether or not you are the highest bidder when the auction starts.

Problem with your bid

Bids are contractually binding. To help protect you, we have some rules in place if we think it's been mistyped. Please check and amend what you have entered.