Vauxhall PA Cresta Quick Guide

VAUXHALL PA CRESTA/VELOX QUICK GUIDE

British Americana in extremis with dog-leg windscreen and obligatory tail fins. Lusty engines ensure performance is not a disgrace and these models have developed quite a following. Finding a rust-free example may be tricky, but very rewarding if you do. Velox was lower spec, with a few less thrills.

WHY YOU WANT ONE:

  • Classic American looks, built in Luton
  • Lusty engines offer modern-era performance
  • Seating for six
  • You can work on it yourself
  • Rare and eye-catching

Rare Friary estate based on the Vauxhall PA Cresta

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Rust. Panels hard to find and they really do rot!
  • Perished window seals which hasten the above
  • Engines that knock or produce blue smoke
  • Worn transmissions
  • Bodywork bodgery

RIVALS FOR YOUR AFFECTION

  • Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk2
  • Anything built in America in the Fifties
  • Humber Super Snipe
  • Austin Westminster

SPECIFICATION

  • Engine 2262cc 6-cylinder OHV
  • Power 78bhp
  • Top Speed 90mph
  • 0-60mph 18seconds
  • Economy 22-24mpg
  • Gearbox 3-speed manual

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