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1948-1951 Vauxhall Wyvern/Velox L specifications

1948-1951 Vauxhall Wyvern/Velox L specifications Classic and Performance Car

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You had to look twice at Vauxhall’s 1948 Wyvern and Velox before its true origins became apparent; for this was a 12/14 model with a different nose and tail grafted on. At the front, the longer wings now incorporated the headlamps and a rear-hinged bonnet plus an Art Deco-ish slatted grille, while the sleeker rear allowed a bigger boot. The lower-class Wyvern had a 1442cc four-cylinder engine while the higher-spec Velox had a 2275cc six-cylinder. Despite the big difference in engine sizes, the gap in power was slight; 33bhp versus 54bhp. These stopgap Vauxhalls kept going until 1951.

Production

  • Production:
    55,409/76,919
  • Price at launch:
    £448
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,500
  • Price (good):
    £2,500
  • Price (average):
    £1,500
  • Price (project):
    £500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    22.9secs
  • Top speed:
    64.0mph
  • Power:
    35.0bhp
  • Torque:
    68.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    25.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Beam axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs
  • Steering:
    worm and nut
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4181mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2483mm
  • Width:
    1574mm
  • Height:
    1651mm
  • Weight:
    993kgs
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