Vauxhall SRV from 1974 was a wedge-shaped concept standing just
The radical four seat Vauxhall SRV could change its aerodynamic
profile using an adjustable aerofoil located in the nose section.
The SRV also had electrically adjusted suspension leveling at
the rear, and the car could redistribute fuel to different tanks
to adjust handling.
Inside the SRV concept, fixed seats were coupled with an adjustable
steering wheel and pedals, while the instruments were fixed
to a pod hinged to the drivers door.
review by: Bruce Breaden
The Vauxhall SRV was a design concept car, it was fully built
when I began work in 1972 at the Vauxhall Design paint shop
in, Osborne Road, Luton, Bedfordshire. I once or twice resprayed
this model, but I had followed painters Mr Ted Nutley, Mr Douglas
(Dugie) Johnston, Mr Paul Mason and Mr Bill York.
Every time there was a modification the SRV would usually under
go a respray, a newly painted badge and whitening of the white
wall tyres. The SRV itself was built of wood and fibre glass
and weighed approximately 2 tons. The colour was our own mix
of base silver tinters, which was lacquered afterwards.
Mr Rodney Nichols worked in the design wood shop and had contributed
to the build and maintenance of the SRV and other styling design
projects. Other names I remember that would have also worked
in the wood shop and helped with the build include craftsmen
Alan Rodgers, Owen Warren, Jack Simms, Bill Whiting, John Bonniface,
Bill Bent, Ernie Hume and Joe Kean.
The Design director of Vauxhall during the SRV's development
was Mr Wayne Cherry who went on to become chief of GM design.
Other designers that I believe were involved were Mr Geoffrey
Lawson , who went on to become head of design for Jaguar, until
his death in 1999.
Also Mr Ken Greenly who went on to design for SsangYong.
I believe that this concept car formed the basis for the car
that was made in Ireland by an ex inner cabinet executive for
GM called Delorean...
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