1962-1965 VAUXHALL CRESTA PB
WHY WE LOVE IT
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