1997 Vauxhall Corsa B 1.2 Breeze

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Incredible low mileage
  • One recorded keeper
  • Original and unrestored condition
  • Ideal for young enthusiast or nostalgic 30-something

THE APPEAL

The 1993 Vauxhall Corsa was one of the best-looking cars ever made - just ask Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell or Linda Evangelista. 

At least that’s what Vauxhall would have wanted you to believe, having pulled out all the stops to create one of the highest budget car ads of all-time when its new supermini made its debut.

It was a clever campaign, with the four supermodels each appearing in separate ads and looking on in disgust as the cheeky Corsa got more admiring glances than they did from bystanders.

Today, 30 years since it made its catwalk debut, the Corsa is an up and coming modern classic, sought-after by nostalgic 30 and 40-somethings who remember them from their first driving experiences, while the car also has a cult following among younger enthusiasts who love the idea of an analogue car in an increasingly digital world. 

This one, which has just celebrated its 25th birthday, was bought new by its one-and-only registered keeper on August 1st, 1997 – one of the very first cars on the new R-registration. A special edition ‘Breeze’ (which we think means you got a free sunroof), it has covered less than 18,600 miles from new.

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 THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK

  • UK V5C – held in trade to avoid adding a new owner to current ‘none’ in the previous owners column of the V5C
  • Registered on August 1 1997 by West End Vauxhall of Staples Corner, London
  • Recent new MOT valid through to August 22nd, 2024
  • No MOT advisory notices
  • Original dealer plates are in the boot – they are deteriorated but are there should a new owner wish to get replicas made up 
  • Owners’ handbook and original book pack
  • Original 1997 Corsa Breeze sales brochure
  • Genuine mileage

THE INTERIOR

  • Special edition cloth and velour upholstery
  • Cabin in excellent order as befits mileage – just one small n ick in the fabric on the driver’s side seat bolster
  • Very slight wear to gear lever gaiter
  • Excellent carpets, door cards and headlining
  • Original chunky steering wheel and rotary controls
  • Clean, fresh and very tidy low mileage interior
  • All controls and switches work as intended
  • Factory sunroof
  • Power steering
  • Grundig CAR200 radio cassette will need attention

THE EXTERIOR 

  • Unrestored, original Flame Red paint in amazing order for a 1990s red Vauxhall – no faded panels or peeling lacquer
  • Completely original and with no major paintwork or accident repairs
  • All panels are straight and damage free – no chips or notable paint damage other than a couple of touched in areas on the very edge of the driver’s door and one pin-sized dent in rear quarter
  • Amazing underneath – never welded
  • Original ‘Breeze’ side decals
  • Some very minor scuffs to front bumper corners, which have been touched-in
  • Minor damage to NS/R bumper black section, with older repair
  • Slight damage to nearside door mirror casing and rear rubbing strip, only noticeable close up
  • Some scuffs to plastic wheel trims
  • Remarkable overall condition for an unrestored 25-year-old Vauxhall with a superb paint finish and non-faded trim
  • Nearly new tyres all-round

THE MECHANICS 

  • 1,196cc 4cyl OHC 8v
  • Five speed manual
  • Genuine 18,600 miles from new
  • Drives almost like new – really tight controls, no slack in the steering or gear linkages, good brakes and suspension
  • Almost new cat-back exhaust
  • Oil service carried out in July 2023
  • Lively and great fun-to-drive

SUMMARY

There’s a huge amount of nostalgia out there for 1990s cars at the moment and the Vauxhall Corsa is one of the cars driving that – once one of the top three best-selling cars in the UK, it had a strong following when new and is well-loved and remembered by many, as well as being one of the most fun and entertaining modern classics for young drivers. 

This one’s a gem. It’s in remarkable condition for its 25 years and is presented in unrestored condition, with an amazingly shiny paint finish and all the hallmarks of a car that has been well-loved by the owner who cared for it over a quarter of a century. 

There aren’t many – if any – Corsas on the market with this kind of low mileage and in such good condition, let alone bright red three-door models with the popular 1.2-litre engine. It’s exactly how a Corsa B should be – a charming slice of 1990s nostalgia, in lovely condition and a fun car to drive.

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Auction Details
  • Year 1997
  • Make Vauxhall
  • Model Corsa
  • Colour Flame Red
  • Mileage 18,600 Miles
  • Engine size 1196
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Chatteris
  • County Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
3 Bids from 2 bidders
  • leslieh•••• £1,750 14/09/23
  • leslieh•••• £1,650 14/09/23
  • Jamespo•••• £1,000 14/09/23

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