Founded in 1857 by Alexander Wilson as Alex Wilson and Company, the company was primarily involved in the manufacture of pumps and marine engines. In 1897 it adopted the name Vauxhall Iron Works and in 1903 it built its first car.
Bought out in 1925 by General Motors, the company was seen as luxury brand prior to World War II. In 1930 it established Beford to be its commercial vehicle brand. Since the late 1970s and 1980s, most Vauxhall vehicles have been rebadged Opels, although it has retailed rear-wheel drive Holdens under its VXR performance badge recently.
What is Vauxhall named after?
The company's name comes from its initial location at 90-92 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall in London. The area of Vauxhall gets its name from Sir Falkes de Breauté, a soldier who earnt honour in the 13th century serving under King John and King Henry III. He built a home for his wife in London named Fawkes Hall or Falkes' Hall. This later morphed into Foxhall and then Vauxhall.
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