Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LARKIN’S BEST BUYS -


Su­perb styling, lots of lux­ury touches and good to drive, es­pe­cially with the 3.3-litre en­gine. The pre­ced­ing Cresta PA’s deeply finned flanks con­veyes an im­age of cool Amer­i­cana, but the PB of­ten gets over­looked as bor­ing and sub­ur­ban. This is ex­tremely un­fair – the styling re­ally is a class act and clev­erly con­ceals the fact that the cen­tre sec­tion of the car is ba­si­cally a Vaux­hall FB Vic­tor in dis­guise. Au­to­car magazine called it ‘the most el­e­gant Vaux­hall for many years’, and I wouldn’t ar­gue with that at all. Nice in­side too, with su­perb leather up­hol­stery and qual­ity in­stru­men­ta­tion.

It’s a plea­sure to drive, with sur­pris­ingly good han­dling and with much less body roll than that of many floppy ri­vals. The smooth, six-cylin­der 2.6-litre en­gine was shared with the PA but in 1964 this was re­placed by a de­li­cious 3.3-litre unit giv­ing ex­cel­lent, lively per­for­mance. Worth seek­ing out.

These cars were ex­cep­tion­ally good value when new – and noth­ing has changed.


EN­GINES 2651cc/6-cyl/OHV; 3294cc/6-cyl/OHV POWER 95bhp@4600rpm; 140bhp@4800rpm TORQUE 108lb ft@2400rpm; 185lb ft@2400rpm MAX SPEED 93mph; 110mph 0-60MPH 16.8sec; 11.5sec (est) FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 17-22mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual

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