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1957-1962 VAUXHALL Velox/Cresta PA specifications


British restraint went completely out of the window with the Velox and Cresta of 1957. Flamboyant American design was wholeheartedly embraced, with fins, a dogleg wraparound windscreen, two-tone paint schemes (on the Cresta) and cascades of chrome. The 2262cc six-cylinder engine was shared by both, so the Cresta only stood out from the cheaper Velox by its greater levels of luxury and equipment inside. In 1960, engine size went up to 2651cc and front disc brakes became available to cope with the extra power; the fins also grew in stature.

Production

  • Production:
    173,759
  • Price at launch:
    £984
  • Price (excellent)
    £5,500
  • Price (good):
    £4,500
  • Price (average):
    £2,250
  • Price (project):
    £850

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    18.0secs
  • Top speed:
    87.0mph
  • Power:
    83.0bhp
  • Torque:
    124.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    22.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Thee-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4509mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2667mm
  • Width:
    1740mm
  • Height:
    1448mm
  • Weight:
    1193kgs

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