The Vauxhall Cresta is a British car that was produced by Vauxhall between 1954 and 1972. The Cresta was introduced in 1954 as a sophisticated version of the Vauxhall Velox, a six-cylinder version of the Vauxhall Wyvern. The Cresta models were E (1954-1957), PA (1957-1962), PB (1962-1965) and PC (1965-1972). The Viscount (1966-1972) was a luxury Cresta PC.

The Vauxhall Velox had been introduced in 1948, with a new version in 1951. The Cresta E version, launched in 1954, had the same 2262 cc six-cylinder engine in the same tuned state, but scored on the Velox for having a choice leather. or fabric upholstery, optional two-tone paint, a heater as standard, a small electric clock mounted on the dashboard, a lighter, a lamp that automatically illuminates the boot when opened and a make-up mirror on the inside of the front passenger visor, along with a special ornamental emblem mirror above the V emblem (for Vauxhall) on the nose of the car. A radio was optional.

In October 1955, a facelift model with deeper front and rear screens was introduced. Balanced drop windows have been replaced by others with suitable winding mechanisms, improvements to the interior finish, separate amber tail lights and windshield washers have become standard. A new chrome grille with less vertical slats replaced the previous version of the diecast. This model was assembled in New Zealand, alongside the Wyvern and Velox, with the 840 being built in 1956, according to a group of local owners with access to copies of the GM Petone plant records. More changes were made in October 1956, with a new grille with horizontal bars, higher engine compression ratio, electrically operated windshield wipers (replacing the camshaft driven system) and changes in bodywork finish and layout two-tone color. In June 1957, the Cresta received a redesigned engine with the same capacity, based on the deeper block design, introduced in the form of four cylinders in the Victor F series, in March of that year.

A Cresta tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1956 had a top speed of 82.2 mph (132.3 km / h) and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km / h) in 20.2 seconds. Gasoline consumption of 23.5 miles per imperial gallon (12.0 L / 100 km; 19.6 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £ 931, including tax.

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