In your July issue on page 46 there is an article on the history of Vauxhall from about 1903 up to the car in question — the Cresta models PB and PC, 1965–1967. As Donn [Anderson] states, they inherited the 2.6-litre engine from the PA, which, with a 95.25mm stroke and a bore of 95.25mm, equates to 2.6 litres. Now work out the same stroke with a bore of 111.12mm and it equates to 3298cc, so it’s not the same engine. Not a Bedford engine as Donn claims. Bedford never had an engine with a 95.25mm stroke. The Vauxhall engine also has a 12-port head. No Bedford, either 3506cc (214ci) or 4916cc (300ci) had a 12-port head.
I have had this argument many times over the years, and I have owned both types of engines. The Bedford 214 (3506cc) was, maybe, evolved from the Chevrolet engine, but once again there are many differences.
Jim Mcfadzien, Gore