Of course, the Vauxhall Corsa (or Opel Corsa outside the UK) is hardly considered a particular exciting or special car, let alone a rare one. However, automobile specialists at Lakeland Motor Museum in UK (just north of Manchester) argue that that’s about to change. They just took delivery of a 1994 Vauxhall Corsa GLS. It is their latest addition to a broad range of some of the most iconic cars of the last 100 years.
Could it possibly be that the museum’s experts have a point, and that the first series Vauxhall Corsa is going to turn into a collector’s item? Well, I think that’s very well possible. Automobiles in the low-end price segment of the used car market are typically not run on high maintenance budgets (why would you, after all – the first big repair will already exceed the cost of buying another one).
In consequence, numbers of well-maintained models might indeed start dwindling very fast. The same has happened to other compact cars, too. Just think of the Citroen 2CV.
I can still remember the early 2000’s when you could buy a used but fairly decent 2 CV for below 1,000 Euro, and it didn’t seem like a particular bargain. They were around plentiful, and you’d think of it as a nice but – in the end – rather primitive cars. Things have changed significantly. Good cars have become very rare on the streets, and you can easily pay above 10,000 Euros for a good one today. And the same has happened to other compact cars, too. The Volkswagen Golf Mk 1 or Golf Mk 2 have witnessed similar developments, for example.
In other words: If you have always sympathized with the Vauxhall Corsa, maybe now is the time to go looking for a good one and preserve it well!