Saloon: From £1,042 (incl. P.T.)
Estate: From £1,156 (incl. P.T.)
The roomy Victor has a big car look, but comes with the choice of 1.6 or two-litre engines. The low-slung bodies are made in four-door form only and incorporate the fashionable 'coke-bottle' shape (named after the upswing treatment aft of the body centre-section). The engines have belt-drive to the overhead camshafts and are inclined to minimise bonnet height. All Victors are available with three-speed or four-speed manual gearboxes, or with three-speed automatic transmissions. Both the 1600 and 2000 Victors are available as capacious estates.
VAUXHALL VX 4/90
£1,333 (incl. P.T.)
The Luton factory's high-performance Victor derivative continues unchanged for 1971. Borrowing something of the name of its illustrious ancestor of the 'twenties, the 30/98, the 4/90 has a twin-carburettor version of the two-litre overhead camshaft Victor engine. Power is up to 104 (net) h.p., but the compression ratio is unchanged, so the 100 m.p.h. model will operate satisfactorily on fourstar fuel. A four-speed manual gearbox and overdrive are standard equipment, but an automatic model is available at extra cost. The interior is richly trimmed and instrumented.
VAUXHALL VENTORA 2
£1,455 (incl. P.T.)
The Ventora is a clever amalgam which uses the Victor unitary body, and the 3.3-litre Cresta/Viscount engine as the power-unit. It has no shortage of low and medium torque, and the result is a fussless car which will pull a high gear and cruise fast in a tireless manner. The Ventora is available with manual four-speed gearbox, or with automatic, the former having an overdrive option which is provided with a pleasant-to-operate in-out switch on the gear-lever knob. The lighting switches are neatly installed in the near-at-hand console.
VAUXHALL CRESTA & VISCOUNT
Cresta: From £1,363 (incl. P.T.)
Viscount: £1,993L (incl. P.T.)
Vauxhall's big sixes are unchanged in basis for 1971 but there are numerous detail modifications, including the standardisation of four-speed floor change gearboxes on all manual models. Even more attention has been paid to sound insulation, and there is a new facia on the less-expensive Cresta. The Cresta also gets fixed passenger grabhandles over the rear doors, and the luxury Viscount receives an extra one over the passenger's front door. The switchgear is modified, and the Cresta has new grained seat trim. The smooth 3.3-litre in-line six propels either model at more than 100 m.p.h.
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