1985 Vauxhall Cavalier

MkII SRi 5dr Hatchback 1.8 L

Vehicle values by condition

Fair
Condition 4
£1,400
#4 cars are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped.
Good
Condition 3
£3,200
#3 cars could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 car, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior.
Excellent
Condition 2
£4,500
#2 cars could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 cars that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws.
Concours
Condition 1
£6,900
#1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best car, unmodified, in the right colours, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours.
Insurance premium for a
1985 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII SRi 5dr Hatchback 1796
valued at £3,200
£152.27 / year*

History of the 1983 - 1987 Vauxhall Cavalier

Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 (Saloon), 1981-1988

The Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 was in production from 1981 until 1988. Styled in-house, it is a front-engine, front wheel drive saloon range seating five adults.

The Cavalier Mk2 was a new start for Vauxhall and Opel. Where previously the range had been rear wheel drive, the new car embraced front wheel drive to maximise space in the cabin and boot of what was rapidly becoming a fleet favourite. From launch the range consisted of a two and four door saloon, and a five door hatchback. Subsequently, there would also be a cabriolet based upon the two door shell, and an estate derived from the Holden Camira range. These shells were imported from Australia and assembled as Vauxhalls in Luton. As time passed the range grew - especially at the top end, where once the upmarket models had been powered by 1.6 litre engines, that grew to 1.8 litre injected units for 1983 and further to 2.0 injected units for 1987. The sporting model developed too - from 1.6SR to SRi, then to SRi130.

The most desirable Mk2 Cavaliers today are the convertible and the rare, Tickford styled Calibre model. Based on the SRi130, the Calibre was fitted with an Irmscher bodykit and trimmed with uique seats. Just 500 were made, all painted in Carmine Red. A similar model was available on the continent, badged the Opel Ascona Sprint. These cars were effectively run-out specials, created to use up a surplus of four door saloon shells before the launch of the Cavalier Mk3.

The Ford Sierra was the closest rival in period, though its advanced shell and conservative mechanicals were the polar opposite of the Vauxhall. The Austin Montego was also a keen rival in Britain; with dependable engines and an uninspiring shell it nonetheless offered practical motoring. The idiosyncratic would have chosen the Citroen BX, while the Francophiles in search of a more conventional car might have considered the Peugeot 305 or the Renault 18. Volkswagen's Jetta and Passat were both targeted at a similar market. If you needed a car of similar size with a larger boot, Vauxhall itself could offer the Astra Belmont as an alternative with a smaller cabin but vastly improved boot space.

All 1985 Vauxhall Cavalier body types

Year Make Model Submodel Body Type Engine size Average value
1981 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1300 2dr saloon 1.3 L £ 700 1,300 2,100 3,600
1981 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1300 4dr saloon 1.3 L £ 700 1,300 2,100 3,600
1981 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1300 5dr Hatchback 1.3 L £ 700 1,300 2,100 3,600
1981 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1600 4dr saloon 1.6 L £ 700 1,400 2,300 3,900
1981 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1600 5dr Hatchback 1.6 L £ 700 1,400 2,300 3,900
1983 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1600 Estate 1.6 L £ 700 1,400 2,300 3,900
1983 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1600D 4dr saloon 1.6 L £ 700 1,400 2,300 3,900
1983 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1600D 5dr Hatchback 1.6 L £ 700 1,400 2,300 3,900
1983 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1600D Estate 1.6 L £ 700 1,400 2,300 3,900
1983 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1800i 4dr saloon 1.8 L £ 900 1,600 2,700 4,500
1983 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1800i 5dr Hatchback 1.8 L £ 900 1,600 2,700 4,500
1985 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII 1800i Convertible 1.8 L £ 1,000 2,000 3,500 5,800
1983 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII SRi 4dr saloon 1.8 L £ 1,400 3,200 4,500 6,900
1983 Vauxhall Cavalier MkII SRi 5dr Hatchback 1.8 L £ 1,400 3,200 4,500 6,900
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