Friday, 23 August 2013

'76 Viva: 'The Judge'

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



This 1976 Vauxhall Viva is a well-known car in the retro community, having passed through a fair number of hands. The incumbent is Tigran Khamoian, a man for whom a badass matt-black bruiser such as this seems eminently appropriate.
The car runs a CA18DET - the turbocharged 1.8-litre Nissan unit normally found in the 180SX and suchlike - and belies its casual junkyard aesthetic with solid, flawless mechanicals beneath. This, of course, is the mark of a true rat rod (and yes, let's call it a rod, why not?) - disrespectable looks; thudding, caveman-serious performance.
The banded steels and JDM arches at the rear are a new addition and will presumably be mirrored at the front end at some point, although it'd be equally cool to leave it as is. It's aggressive. It's frightening. It's Mad Max meets Tokyo Drift, via Luton...

Spotted at RRG13 - click here for more photos.






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