Car of 1967 Vauxhall Victor/Ventora FD
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.