Classified of the Week – Vauxhall Carlton Diplomat…16th June 2019
Back in the ’80s, if you wanted to win the large family car race, you needed to buy a Vauxhall Carlton. The big, rear-wheel-drive machine was handsome, it was spacious, it was reliable and in estate guise, it was utterly cavernous. Yes, Vauxhall also had the Senator, but that was a huge car reserved for the Managing Director or with the addition of some blue lights, the Police.
For the man on the street, the Carlton was the top dog, even in humble trim levels. However, that didn’t stop Vauxhall from really ramping things up with a model that was laden with leather, electric everything and a sense of luxury that would leave some Mercedes blushing. This model was the Diplomat. The top dog, the king of the Carlton range, the ultimate in luxury. And that’s what we’ve found here for just £1,650. This a lot, even by today’s standards of car for the money.
This particular Carlton has been, by the vendor’s own admission, cherished. He also proudly exclaims that in the two years he’s owned it, it’s been the best car he’s ever had. And that’s impressive. It’s a two owner car, it comes with a wealth of service history and has MOT until August 2019. Admittedly, the car did need some welding for its last MOT, but given it’s an old Vauxhall, that’s hardly surprising. On that note, it does sound like the rear arches need to be caught before they get any worse, so do factor that in.
The particular Carlton is powered but the 2.0 petrol engine, which is mated up to an automatic transmission. Because let’s face it, changing gears if for commoners. Plus, with the acres of leather and wood trim, you want to enjoy the luxury, not be encumbered with the need to change gear. Let the car do ti for you.
A lot of money has been spent on this Carlton, which should please any potential buyer. It’s had a new fuel tank and fuel pump, replacement rear suspension bushes, four new Goodyear tyres, the transmission fluid has been changed and there’s a new cat-back exhaust system. All of this means the Carlton is in rude health. Nice.
Inside,the vendor states that he’s changed the front seats out for some more supportive replica Lotus Carlton items, and all the mechanisms have been refurbished, meaning full adjustment is available. A rear thing on these old Carltons, as the seats often fail.
If you’re after a modern classic that’s reliable, easy to drive every day and absolutely laden with luxury, honestly you need look no further. This Carlton is a stunning machine and one that, if you get ahead of the rear arches, will give you years of trouble-free motoring. And all for £1,650. Outstanding.