Marking Vauxhall's return to the small saloon car market in the late summer of 1963, after an absence of some years, Viva HA Saloon two-door model is designed to provide maximum interior accommodation. Features includes a four-cylinder, 1057-cc engine developing 44 bhp at 5000 rpm and four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox. Produced initially in Luton and, from July also at Ellesmere Port, the Viva is the first British car to have an acrylic lacquer paint finish. Available in standard and de luxe versions, priced at £527 and £566 respectively. An estate car (Bedford Beagle) conversion by Martin Walter became available in the summer.
Vauxhall Victor FB continues with a number of changes including a larger engine (1595-cc), new clutch, bigger brakes, revised instrument panel layout, restyled radiator grille and additional brightwork. De luxe versions are additionally given a walnut veneer facia, rear arm rests with in-built ashtrays, and distinctive hub caps.
Vauxhall VX4/90 Saloon. Changes made for 1964 includes a larger engine (1595-cc), a new clutch, bigger brakes, revised instrument layout, a walnut veneer facia and full-width parcel shelf.
Vauxhall Cresta PB Estate Car variant announced in the winter of 1963 is a conversion by Martin Walter Ltd of Folkestone. A full six seater-the rear seat has a central arm rest which folds down to give additional passenger room-the model features a fibreglass roof and a tophinged rear door. Price £1305. The saloon version continues essentially unchanged. A Velox variant is also available. From October 1964 Cresta engine increased to 3294cc giving 115 bhp and 102 mph top speed, and revised grille.
Victor (FC) is the first British saloon car to have curved side windows, also boasted concave curvature to rear screen. Much roomier than previous model, but still very bland styling. Four door saloon or estate car options. Engine power up to 61 bhp from 1595cc giving 85 mph top speed. Four speed all synchro box with floor change or three speed with column change. VX 4/90 has 96 mph top speed from 74 bhp twin carb engine, different grille, better trim, dash with hooded instruments, and contrasting colour side flash.
The Viva, production of which has passed the 100,000 mark, has higher-geared steering, improved front seats with thicker back-rests, and a new rear seat. Interior trim is also improved on the de luxe model the price of which is increased by £5. Bedford van versions of the Viva have also been introduced.
The most highly-modified of the Vauxhall range is the Victor and VX 4/90 series with the bodywork cleverly modified to give a new look, rather like the Viva, with knife-edge wings. Mechanically the cars are much the same as before and modifications are aimed at refinement. Engine power remains unchanged and gearboxes are not altered. Suspension modifications have been made to improve handling and the steering is now higher geared. New duo-servo drum brakes are fitted to the Victors, with the VX 4/9o having front discs. The new Victor costs £678, an increase of £43.
The Velox and Cresta range have their engines increased to 3.3-litres from 2.6 by increasing the bore from 82.55 mm. to 92.07 mm. and power is raised to 128.3 b.h.p. from the previous 113.1 b.h.p. Three- and 4-speed all-synchromesh transmissions are available, as well as the Hydra-Matic. The cars are distinguished outside by new radiator grilles and twin exhaust systems. The prices of both models are increased by £19.
(London reoprt, 1964)
Cresta 3.3 litre