VAUXHALL Velox/Cresta PA

Classic Car

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.

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