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