Ensign De Luxe to nowy model z wiekszym silnikiem 4 cylindrowym, dwiema wersjami nadwozia, 4 biegową skrzynią "overdrive" i hamulcami tarczowymi (opcja).
The Ensign recieved a new engine of 2138 cc, a four-speed gearbox, improved trim and fittings and modified instrumentation. The same unit is used in the Triumph TR 4, but for the Ensign it has only single carburetor, giving 75 bhp. An estate version is a novelty in the range.
"UNBREAKABLE" is an adjective often used to describe this lusty 4-cylinder successor to the old-type Vanguard. With an engine up-scaled from the original Ensign's 1.7-litres to 2,138 c.c.., the current model, introduced last spring, will take unlimited punishment. There are two versions of the Ensign, a saloon and an estate car, both with four-door bodies and de luxe specifications. With its rear seats folded, the latter gives more than five feet of cargo space. The increase in engine capacity improved power output by a quarter and torque by considerably better than a third. Few inexpensive, volume-produced cars can be continuously driven at speeds closer to their maxima than the Ensign. Instruments are grouped directly in front of the driver and cowled to prevent visual distortion through reflections. The front bench seat has fixed armrests on either door and a folding one in the centre. The standard four-speed gearbox has a central shift lever but an unusual no-extra-cost option is a three-speeder with synchromesh on all ratios. An increase in the diameter of the front brake drums, compared with the now obsolete 1.7-litre model, raises the total brake lining area by 27 sq. in.
Engine capacity: 2.138 c.c. Broke Horse Power: 75 at 4,100 r.p.m. Wheelbase: 8 ft. 6 in. Price: Saloon £848.0.3 incl. PT. Estate £1,013.0.3 incl. PT.
SIX-CYLINDER engines of 2-litres capacity or less are a rarity these days, but for sophisticates their appeal is strong. Here's one of the few, counterpoising a range that has the big-four Ensign on the other side of the seesaw. The twosome family of Vanguards, consisting of a saloon and an estate car, is unchanged for 1963. Smooth though it is, the Vanguard Six engine, with its twin downdraught carburettors and porting carefully designed for good "breathing" is no slouch, witness the fact that it propels the saloon version at a genuine go m.p.h. and gives zero-to-sixty acceleration in 17 seconds or thereabouts. There is a choice of three-or four-speed gearboxes, the former with a column shift, the latter a floor-mounted lever. Automatic transmission is listed. at extra cost. The Vignale-styled bodies, designed originally for the four-cylinder Vanguards, are practical and well appointed as well as good-looking. There are central folding armrests front and back, coat hooks in the rear compartment, and a liberally padded facia. Circular, easy-to-read instruments, with white calibrations on black dials, are clustered under an anti-glare cowl in front of the driver.
Engine capacity: 1,998 c.c. Brake horse-power: 80 at 4,400 r.p.m. Wheelbase: 8 ft. 6 in. Price: Saloon £991.0.3 incl. PT. Estate £1,101.0.3 incl. PT.