Harry Potter star celebrates with £60 Vauxhall

The actor, who plays Ron Weasley in the eight-strong film franchise, has bought a £60 Vauxhall Carlton for a ‘Wacky Rally’ across Europe with co-stars Oliver and Jason Phelps, who play the Weasley twins.

The car, which was built between 1978 and 1994 as an executive saloon and estate, may seem like a strange choice, but Grint also owns an ice cream van in his unique fleet.

The Vauxhall Carlton is most fondly remembered for the Lotus Carlton super-saloon edition, which was voted the UK’s favourite Vauxhall in a poll of Vauxhall drivers in 2008.

The Lotus Carlton was the fastest four-door production car in the world when it was launched in 1989 with a top speed of 176mph and a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds being eked out of the 377bhp twin-turbocharged engine.

The car can quite rightly be considered a forerunner to the VXR8 muscle car, Vauxhall’s current performance flagship model.

The Carlton was one of a successful line of executive saloons and estates in Vauxhall line ups. The Vauxhall Insignia is the current model and regularly appears in the UK’s top ten best-selling cars – ahead of key rival the Ford Mondeo.

Available in hatchback, estate and saloon body style, the Insignia was a replacement for the successful Vauxhall Vectra, and enjoys a boost in equipment levels and build quality over its predecessor.

It also features Vauxhall’s ecoFLEX diesel engine technology, which lowers CO2 emissions of 136g/km and 54.7mpg of fuel economy courtesy of an efficient 158bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine.

The Vauxhall Insignia is available now in UK Vauxhall showrooms from £17,970 for hatchback versions, £19,350 for the Sports Tourer (or estate) model and £19,815 for the four-door saloon edition.