Nova 1.3 SR
This 1986 Vauxhall Nova 1.3 SR is quite simply remarkable! Having been locally owned since new and having escaped the 'Boy Racer' and Halfords add ons over it's 31 years, this really is an unrepeatable opportunity.
Being subject to a no expense spared and lengthy restoration, the focus and emphasis was purely on keeping originality and no stone has been left unturned. The result is just sensational. The quality of preparation and paint finish are second to none and the attention to detail is superb!
The paint finish and the linear panel gaps are as good as we have ever seen on any car. Externally, this little Nova looks like it's just rolled out of a Vauxhall showroom in 1986. Some cars look like they have been repainted from a mile away, not because they are poor quality, but sometimes you can just tell. This car doesn't... it just looks like it has been kept in a climate controlled bubble for the last 31 years. You just won't fault it and believe me, we keep trying to! The correct body side mouldings are as new and fit perfectly. The original factory fit tinted glass is in lovely condition and still security etched with the registration number. Headlights, indicators and rear lights are superb and crystal clear. The famous 'snow plough' front bumper is perfect and still retains the correct plastic capping's. Pull the towing eye flap down and the towing eye still has the correct grey coloured sleeve...just lovely attention to detail. Replicated supplying dealer number plates are fitted front and rear and the genuine and original tax disc holder is in the glove box. We could go on and on all day about this car, but we won't. What we would say is that if you are looking for perfection...this is it! It will withstand close scrutiny from anyone.
Internally, the theme continues. The front sports seats are excellent. They still remain firm and show very little signs of wear. They are not sagged, ripped or marked and they still feel incredibly supportive. Again, the rear seats are excellent. The chocolate coloured carpet is in lovely condition and is free from damage or stains. The dashboard is completely crack free and the original Phillips radio cassette player is still in place and in full working order. The door cards and headlining are excellent and again they are scuff and damage free. The correct 3 spoke sports steering wheel feels superb and it is in excellent condition. The car smells clean and fresh. You open the door and sit inside and you can't help but smile... it transports you back in time some 30 odd years and to us, this is the joy of owning a car like this.
The correct cost option 3 spoke alloy wheels are fitted and really finish the car off in our eyes. They have been refurbished to the same high class and exacting standards as the rest of the car. They really are perfect and completely unmarked on the front and rear. 5 correct Vauxhall centre caps are fitted. Brand new Michelin tyres are fitted.
Lift the bonnet and the engine bay presents beautifully. The previous owner wanted the car to look genuine and honest and not better than new. Originality was key with this rebuild and under the bonnet just looks superb. Mechanically the car is perfect and as new. The engine and gearbox have been completely rebuilt from top to bottom. It runs beautifully and drives as new. The complete braking system both front and rear is brand new. The whole suspension setup front and rear is again brand new. Nothing has been overlooked and for all intents and purposes this is like a new car.
First registered on the 25th November 1986 by Blake's Vauxhall of Manchester, it has never left the Manchester area in all of it's 31 years. It was then sold by Bridgewater Vauxhall of Walkden and it has remained in Walkden ever since. Of the 5 keepers, 2 of these have been the people that have restored it to this incredible condition. The original handbook pack is present and still retains the original and stamped service book. A very comprehensive service history file contains vast amounts of bills and receipts and old mot certificates. Both the original Vauxhall keys are present and one key operates the doors, boot and fuel cap...just lovely.