1969 Vauxhall Viva GT Ex-Gabriel Konig

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1969 Vauxhall Viva GT Ex-Gabriel Konig

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  • Ex-Gabriel Konig
  • Tour Auto eligible
  • Completely restored to Appendix K Specification
  • Very large history file
  • Road registered
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Viva Grand Turismo.  The car that’s a complete concept.  A grand touring Viva.  Viva GT look and acts as if it was meant to go far…fast!  Vauxhall, 1968.

 

The Viva GT was a potent beast when it arrived on the scene in 1968.  With a twin carb, 2 litre overhead camshaft engine, a matt black bonnet with twin air-vents it was a rally car in waiting.  This particular car had two owners in its early life before the well know and highly respected racing driver Gabriel Konig acquired the car in the early 1990.  She stripped and completely restored the car for racing, finishing the restoration in 1992. 

Gabriel Konig

Complete sets of photos for this restoration remain with the car as well as the Historic Rally Vehicle Identity Form.  Gabriel raced and rallied the Viva extensively for the next 16 years both in Ireland and abroad in such series as the Dunlop Historic races and the Tour Auto.  On her mother’s death she returned to manage the family Estate, Beaulieu House in Ireland (where the Estate passes through the female line) and the car was sold to another mad keen Irish collector and motor-enthusiast, Tom Callanan, in 2008. 

Tom then completed another bare metal / nut and bolt restoration (again full pictures on file) and carried on the car’s racing life competing in further Tour Auto and Tour Bittannia rallies.

The car remains in excellent condition throughout and comes with a wonderful history file documenting its many racing feats and various mechanical and cosmetic changes.  There are a number of HTP and Rally Log books and Vehicle Identity Forms in the file which all make for fascinating reading.