Vauxhall - Made in Luton

Please note: We are continually monitoring the ongoing situation surrounding the Coronavirus, and therefore this performance is subject to government compliance.

A celebration of Vauxhall history, with a selection of cars from the Vauxhall Heritage Centre.

This exhibition showcases a curated selection of vehicles from the Vauxhall Heritage Centre, and is a unique opportunity to get close to some of the iconic vehicles produced by Vauxhall over the last 100 years. Follow the story of the major car company in Luton, and learn something of the impact made on the town.

Vauxhall was established in 1857 and moved to Luton in 1905. The company’s Griffin logo was chosen by the Scottish engineer Alexander Wilson, who took the Falkes de Breauté’s heraldic griffin as the company badge. Falkes had land and a house at what would become Vauxhall, giving the company another connection to Luton as Falkes de Breauté also owned the Manor of Luton.

Come along to the exhibition and discover more about the history of this iconic car manufacturer.

Social distancing measures will be in place throughout your visit. As per government guidelines, as the exhibition is inside you are required to wear a face covering unless exempt.  

The exhibition is FREE to visit, but we do require you to book a ticket, to ensure we can manage numbers on the day and you get the best out of your experience.

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Please note only the exhibition space will be open to the public, our other galleries remain closed.

What's included in the exhibition?

Check out the cars . Please note these are subject to change

1905 7/9hp – first Luton-built Vauxhall

1910 C-10 ‘Prince Henry’ – Britain’s first official production sports car

1923 23/60 Tourer – awash with high-technology for middle-class motorists

*1926 30-98 OE-Type Tourer – Britain’s first 100mph production car (November only)

1936 BXL Limousine – the default pre-war mayoral conveyance for many UK municipalities

1959 PA Velox – flamboyant US-style, with compact dimensions

1963 Viva HA – Vauxhall’s first post-war compact car

1966 XVR Concept – curvaceous design study debuted at the Geneva Motor Show

1968 Bedford CA – Britain’s first purpose-built panel van that dominated its market for 17 years

*1970 Viva GT – rare survivor of this go-faster Viva HB (October only)

*1975 Firenza HPF – svelte coupe that enjoyed success on and off the race track (December only)

1979 Cavalier Mk.1 – the mid-size nameplate that led Vauxhall’s market dominance in the 80s/90s

*1983 Astra GTE Mk.1 – Vauxhall’s first genuine ‘hot hatch’ (September only)

*1993 Lotus Carlton – world’s fastest four-door production car, with max speed of 176mph (January only)

2002 Vectra – display vehicle was last passenger car to be made in Luton

2003 VX Lightning – concept car created to celebrate Vauxhall’s centenary

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Design a car for the Future!

Can you channel Luton's innovative and industrious heritage to design your very own car for the future? If the answer's yes then you could win our competition and become part of the Vauxhall - Made in Luton exhibition launching in April 2020 at Stockwood Discovery Centre.

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