This S2000-Powered Vauxhall Chevette Hatch Is the Unlikely Mashup of Our Fantasies

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Photo credit: Bring a Trailer
Photo credit: Bring a Trailer

The Vauxhall Chevette hatchback is a GM-built economy car sold throughout Europe from mid-Seventies into the mid-Eighties. As far as performance-oriented engine swaps go, it's far from the obvious choice. That didn't stop the seller of this Chevette from swapping in the drivetrain, subframes, suspension, and interior from a Honda S2000 to build a wild one-off sports car.

This car, listed for sale right now on Bring a Trailer, is the result of a comprehensive build that started with a Chevette imported from England in 2008. Though it wears the original hatchback body and glass, virtually everything else has been swapped out for S2000 parts, or components made from scratch. Under the hood sits an F20C naturally aspirated inline-four mated to an S2000 six-speed manual. It sends power to an S2000 differential out back. The independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes are off an S2000 as well. Even the dual-exit exhaust and the 16-inch wheels are S2000-sourced.

Perhaps the wildest part of this build is the interior. The standard Vauxhall interior has been completely stripped to make room for S2000 parts, complete with the dashboard, digital gauge cluster, center console, shifter, e-brake, trunk, roll hoops, and steering wheel. The left-hand-side push-button start still works as intended, though we can't say the same for the power-folding soft-top button in the middle. Amazingly, the builder even got the air conditioning to work. It's all impressively well done.

This Chevette, located in Waxhaw, North Carolina, is currently for sale on Bring a Trailer with seven days remaining to bid and no reserve. While the new owner may have a tough time finding replacement body panels, almost everything else should be easily found at their local Honda dealer. A fine trade-off for something this unique, wouldn't you say?

Disclaimer: Bring a Trailer is owned by Road & Track’s parent company, Hearst Autos.

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