Vauxhall Ten (1938)
|Class :||Lower middle class|
|Body versions :||limousine|
Gasoline engines :
|Wheelbase :||2388-2483 mm|
|Empty weight :||913 kg|
The Vauxhall Ten or Vauxhall 10 hp is a small British sedan that was first shown at the 1937 London Motor Show . A decisive structural innovation was the self-supporting body , which was used by Vauxhall based on the model of the Opel Olympia from 1935 in order to ensure a long production time and high production numbers for the model. However, the Second World War intervened and in 1940 the plant in Luton was converted to manufacture tanks, so that the Ten could no longer be manufactured from that point on.
The model reappeared briefly in 1946 with the same ohv four-cylinder engine with 1203 cm³ displacement as before the war, but with lower power (and probably lower compression due to the poor fuel quality). Otherwise the post-war model differed only slightly from the pre-war Vauxhall Ten. British consumers who were short of money after the war did not want small, pre-war sedans and so the car was not a success. In 1947, Vauxhall stopped manufacturing the Ten and focused on larger and more lucrative models until the Viva came out in 1963 .
The name of the car corresponds to the tax horsepower, which at the time defined the class in which the car competed against its competitors. These were e.g. B. the Morris Ten , Standard Ten and the Ford Ten Junior . The output of the Vauxhall Ten was given as 34 bhp (25 kW) in 1937.
- David Culshaw, Peter Horrobin: The Complete Catalog of British Cars, 1895-1975 . Veloce Publishing, Dorchester 1999. ISBN 1-874105-93-6 . P. 333.