Thursday, 5 June 2014


Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

This Viva, built by Colin Robbins, is a faithful replica of the DTV GT that Gerry Marshall drove in the 1971 Osram Saloon Car Championship. Gerry's car first sported the now-iconic Dealer Team Vauxhall livery in May '71, and the car ran SOHC engines in 2.2, 2.3, 2.5 and 2.6-litre variants depending on requirements; he won the September round at Crystal Palace, although the car was badly damaged soon after at Lydden Hill. It changed hands a few times, ended up in Malaysia, and was destroyed in a crash.
So, Colin's car evokes the spirit and, to a degree, takes its place. Starting with a rusty shell, he painstakingly built the car up to be as authentic as possible to the old car in 2.3-litre spec. There are a few concessions to modern safety, and the impossible-to-source period TJ fuel-injection has a pair of Dell'Ortos in its place, but this is the closest you can get today to seeing Marshall's '71 racer. And it looks incredible, doesn't it?

Jarkle at Total Vauxhall informs me that they'll be giving it a full feature very soon. SuckSqueezeBangBlow spotted it at MATP 2014 - more pics from the event here.

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