Normally, a car that fails to start is a good way to decrease its chances of being sold, but that was not the case for an ultra rare Vauxhall Chevette HS.
This 1978 Vauxhall Chevette HS is one of just 400 built for homologation requirements after Vauxhall was adamant to take on Ford and the Escort RS2000 in Group 4 rally racing. But, Vauxhall struggled to sell them and the cars never found much love at the time. Now, they’re a real rarity. It’s 2.3-liter twin-cam engine produces a meager 135 horsepower.
The final hammer price saw this example—which is said to be in the best shape of the remaining cars—sell for £28,000, or $36,482 USD at current exchange rates. Despite its age, this example has seen just 7,800 miles over 39 years, which likely helped lend to the surprising sales price at Anglia Car Auctions last month, according to Motor1.
Coincidentally, the car’s failure to start also lent to the car’s nickname of yore: the Vauxhall “Shove it.”