Vauxhall SRV Concept


British wedge with room for the family

The Vauxhall SRV (Styling Research Vehicle) was a perfect example of forward thinking by the British car maker. The car was designed by Wayne Cherry and Chris Field and was a definite attempt to give Vauxhall a more modern and contemporary image. The concept car was never intended for production.

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By Dennis Boxem
editor@classicproof.com

Cherry and Field where inspired by the LeMans racers of the time. This resulted in a sleek and low car measuring in at 41 inches high. Just a single inch more than Fords ultra sleek GT-40. Somehow Vauxhall managed to squeeze four adults inside. To achieve this the car featured front seats in a fixed position. Instead the pedals and steering column where adjustable to fit the driver. The rear doors are without door handles and sit flush with the bodywork, rendering them nearly invisible.


Balance

The SRV packed some impressive technology at the time. It had electrically adjusted suspension leveling at the rear and the car featured two separate fuel tanks so that fuel could be redistributed for better balance. The instruments where fixed to a pod hinged to the driver side door and there was also a gauge cluster at the rear-edge of the booth. Which is also where the fuses where located. The body also featured an air pressure sensor so you could measure the downforce on the car, and an aerofoil at the front allowed you to adjust the downforce.


Wood

Sadly, as is often the case with concept cars, the Vauxhall SRV never actually drove. Vauxhall fitted the car with a mockup 2.4 litre mid-mounted transverse engine of their Slant Four engine. The engine block was actually from wood, aluminium and glass reinforced plastic so that put an end to any real-world aspirations the car designers could ever have.

Vauxhall SRV Concept
boot of the SRV. You can clearly see the mid-mounted engine in the rear.
vauxhall srv

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