Vauxhall Cresta

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Vauxhall Cresta

1957 - 1962
United Kingdom
6 cyl.
2262/2651 cc
78-95 bhp
3 spd. overdrive & auto
Top Speed:
145-156 km/h
Number Built:
3 star
Vauxhall Cresta
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3


Inspired by GM Detriot, the Vauxhall Cresta integrated rear wings and other design queues from its American parent. The car featured an all syncro 3 speed gearbox and smooth pushrod six, which gave the car a top speed of 145 km/h.

While the "Estate" model was introduced in 1959, the following year saw the demise of the beautiful 3 piece rear screen, which was replaced in 1960 with a one-piece wrap around screen.

The "PA" model ran from 1957 - 1962, followed by the "PB" to 1966 and ending with the "PC" that saw the end of the "Cresta" name in 1972. As with many cars from the era, rust is the main enemy of the Cresta so be careful to check any vehicle very carefully.

We had previously described models following the "PA" as becoming more bland, however a reader rightly pointed out that the "Viscount" model in the "PC" range was anything but ordinary. We stand corrected.

The Viscount was the "luxury" Vauxhall, and came with such cabin appointments as individual reclining front seats, leather upholstery, power windows, a vinyl roof, a heated rear window and power steering.

The engine was a six cylinder (3.3 litre) OHV with Zenith carburettor which developed 124 bhp at 4600 rpm and 174 lb of torque at 2400 rpm. Various Transmissions were available during the models run. Initially the two speed Powerglide was standard with a four speed manual as an option.

From late 1970 the GM 3 speed automatic replaced the Powerglide. (the European equivalent to the Holden Trimatic). Suspension was by coil springs, wishbones and anti roll bars at the front, with a live axle half elliptic leaf springs and a radius arm at the rear.

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