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Vauxhall Astra GTE (1983-1991)

The Vauxhall Astra GTE arrived in 1983 as a superior version of the SR model with more aggressive style and superior performance. If the SR looked the part the GTE was even better with its beefed up skirts and spoilers as well as flared arches, all of which were colour coded. The engine was also upgraded from the SR with a 1796cc producing 115bhp which surpassed the Ford Escort XR3i as well as some other rivals.

Hit the revs hard and the Astra does not disappoint well exceeding competitors with almost perfect response and handling. The Mk 2 Astra GTE was launched one year later with a complete transformation in looks with aerodynamics playing a bigger part. The 2.0 litre version followed in 1987 and less than two years later the 150bhp 16V version was introduced with a 0-60mph of 6.9 seconds. Straight line speed was superb but all that power was a hassle with poor traction holding the Astra back when it came to power delivery.

Buyers Guide

The Vauxhall Astra GTE is today a prized possession for any enthusiast who’s hey day was the eighties. Owning these practical hatchbacks makes good sense as values are constantly rising for the right example.

Astra’s can rot everywhere so check bodywork thoroughly. The plastic body kit is good at hiding any horrors underneath so check sills and wheel arches. Get underneath and check suspension mountings. Also look around the front suspension strut tops and the bulkhead especially the brake servo for any corrosion.

Camshafts can be noisy with age and make sure the timing belt has been changed every 40,000 miles. Original engines are 1.8 and 2.0 8V or the 2.0 16V for real power. All engines are reliable and sound fantastic.

Interiors need checking for cigarette burns and make sure bolsters are in good condition. Not all GTE’s have a digital dash but if it has make sure the pixels are all there. Trim can be hard to find so ensure it’s all present and correct.

Finding a standard Astra GTE won’t be easy. Steer clear of any car over modified as it will not be a sound investment. Originality is key.

Remember back in the day when insuring an Astra GTE would have cost you as much as the car. Well those days are over as the GTE is officially a classic car. Agreed value and salvage retention come as standard with Heritage Classic Car Insurance. And with discounts for limited mileage and club member’s, premiums are very competitive. Here are some quote examples on the Vauxhall Astra GTE.

Specification

Vauxhall Astra GTE Mk 1

Years Produced1983 - 1984
Performance0 - 60mph 8.7sec / Top Speed - 118mph
Power & Torque 115bhp / 111Ib ft
Engine1796 cc four cylinder / 8 valves
Drive-train front engine / FWD
TransmissionFive speed manual
Weight930kg

Vauxhall Astra GTE Mk 2

Years Produced1984-1991
Performance0 - 60mph 6.9sec / Top Speed - 135mph
Power & Torque 150bhp / 144Ib ft
Engine1998 cc four cylinder / 16 valves
Drive-train front engine / FWD
TransmissionFive speed manual
Weight1007kg

Valuation

 Launch201220132014201520162017
Concourse£7,630.00£5,000.00£6,000.00£8,000.00£10,000.00£15,000.00£18,000.00
Excellent£3,000.00£4,000.00£5,000.00£6,000.00£8,000.00£10,000.00
Good£1,500.00£2,000.00£3,000.00£4,000.00£5,000.00£6,000.00
Fair£1,000.00£1,500.00£2,000.00£2,500.00£3,000.00£3,000.00

Interesting Fact

Vauxhalls most famous engine the 2.0 16v 20XE Red Top was produced from 1988 to 1994. It was fitted to many Vauxhall cars including the Astra GTE, Calibra 16V, Cavalier GSI.

Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:

“Back in the eighties every car manufacturer had a hot hatchback in the range. The Vauxhall Astra GTE stood out with its 2nd generation being ultra modern with its aerodynamics and digital display. It certainly was the envy of the rest. Not even mentioning its practicality and power.”

mark says

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