The XVR two-seater that premiered in Geneva in March 1966 was the first Vauxhall concept car ever to be exhibited in public.“Uncompromising in its styling treatment”, the XVR showed “the future trend in world design” according to David Jones, the then Vauxhall’s Director of Styling. Most of all, it expressed the new means and power allo- cated to GM’s European design studios in the 1960s.
Featuring gullwing doors, pop-up headlights and all-independent suspension, the XVR’s unique dash treatment was used to test reaction to ideas he had for the later Firenza. The car is built on a custom chassis with all-independent suspension, disc brakes and a VX4/90 engine. In total three cars were made. Originally shown at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the XVR was largely the work of David Jones, Vauxhall’s charismatic head of design in the 1960s.