PC favourite

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers' Writes -

Iwas fas­ci­nated with your de­tailed ar­ti­cle on Cresta and Velox — New Zealand Clas­sic Car July is­sue. These once-com­mon cars are over­shad­owed by lo­cal en­thu­si­asts wowed by larg­erengined, sportier Aus­tralian cars such as Monaro, V8 Fal­con, and Charger. Cresta and Ze­phyr dis­ap­peared dur­ing 1972, and lo­cal Aus­tralian sedans are about to go the same way. The fu­ture Holden will be a larger OpelVaux­hall– based car.

As a ju­nior at a Vaux­hall deal­er­ship, I drove most of the new cars on delivery trips, and the PC Cresta was al­ways my favourite ride due to its size, pres­ence, and power. Mi­nor up­dates to the PC Cresta were made in about 1968, such as vinyl square-pat­terned up­hol­stery and the black in­stru­ment sur­round changed to a much nicer-tex­tured sur­face. Dur­ing 1970, a 3.3-litre badge adorned the trunk lid, and the rather long col­umn gear lever was no­tice­ably short­ened. The car was also pow­er­ful and roomy, with a huge boot and nice flow­ing lines rather like a scaled-down 1965–’66 Chevro­let. With a wood-grain dash, car­pets, and a heater, the PB Velox and PC Cresta al­ways seemed more lux­u­ri­ous than their Holden Spe­cial cousin, which had firm seats, rub­ber mats, and no syn­chro in first gear un­til the nicer HK se­ries in 1968. Au­to­matic Crestas were fit­ted with a Pow­er­glide twospeed trans­mis­sion. The PC was not sold new in Aus­tralia, and a few four-head­light, bucket-seat

Vaux­hall Cresta 3.3-litre press-launch photo, 1964

Cresta Deluxe mod­els made it to New Zealand.

A colour pic­ture from ei­ther of the two large PC brochures would have re­ally high­lighted your in­for­ma­tive nar­ra­tive.

Don­ald CW Davie, Levin Donn’s ar­ti­cle def­i­nitely high­lights just how great these cars were. Thanks for the ad­di­tional info, Don­ald. AFW

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