Car of 1967 Vaux­hall Vic­tor/Ven­tora FD

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

Vaux­hall’s 1967-launched FD was rather more rad­i­cal than peo­ple tend to think these days, though it is un­de­ni­ably over­looked.

The car fea­tured ‘Coke bot­tle’ styling three years be­fore Ford launched its all-con­quer­ing Cortina MkIII, plus two new overhead-cam slant­four en­gines of 1599cc and 1975cc. There were also coil springs all round and dou­ble wishbone front sus­pen­sion.

‘Sleek scorchy new Vic­tor’ was how Vaux­hall mar­keted its new cre­ation at the 1967 Mo­tor Show. ‘It’s the great ’68 sym­bol,’ it con­tin­ued. Some cus­tomers prob­a­bly felt a lit­tle scorched, as Some cus­tomers felt scorched by the qual­ity of the ‘sleek, scorchy new Vic­tor’. al­though the car was cer­tainly stylish, the en­gines and gen­eral build qual­ity were not in the sligh­est bit won­der­ful.

In 1968 an es­tate ver­sion ar­rived, as did a vari­ant with the 3.3-litre en­gine from the Cresta, mar­keted as the Ven­tora, and that was gen­uinely lusty. How­ever, fol­low­ing year came the VX4/90, with up­rated en­gine, twin Strombergs and Rostyle wheels. Both lusty and ac­tu­ally quite sporty. By the time pro­duc­tion ceased in 1972 198,000 Vic­tors and Ven­toras had been pro­duced along­side 14,277 VX4/90s. Try find­ing one to­day though.

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