Debunking the most common old wives’ tales
1 IT WAS NAMED AFTER ITS NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS
The 1964 Vauxhall Victor FC was also known as the Victor 101. Officially, Vauxhall claimed that it was because there were 101 improvements over the previous FB, but this assertion didn’t surface until a few years later. Another theory is that it was the model’s 1594cc engine size in US cubic inches – except that would be 97ci – it would have needed a 1655cc engine for that to hold true. In reality, it was to establish a number series so changes would be easier to identify in the future.
2 IT INTRODUCED CURVED SIDE WINDOWS
It’s commonly believed that the FC was the first Vauxhall with curved side windows, to help create more cabin space. Actually, the FC was beaten to this trick by the 1963 Viva HA. However, the FC went much further than the HA, with a pronounced bow to both its side glass and panels which was dubbed ‘space-curve’ because it gave an extra four inches of shoulder wriggle-room inside, despite only being three-quarters-of-an-inch wider on the outside.
3 IT WAS MORE CORROSION-PROOF THAN ITS PREDECESSOR
Luton-mobiles had a poor rust reputation thanks to the crumbly Velox/Cresta PAs and Victor HAs of the 1950s. In a bid to shift this legacy, the FC included copious amounts of phosphating, bitumen, and Plasticol and mastic sealer. Unfortunately, Vauxhall forgot about treating water traps such as the chrome wing cappings, sills and lower wings, which proved ideal nesting spots for rust.
An improvement over the previous FB, but still prone to corrosion.
VAUXHALL VICTOR 101