1960 VAUX­HALL VELOX

EN­GINE 2262cc/6-cyl/OHV POWER 78bhp@4400rpm TORQUE 124lb ft@1800rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 90mph 0-60MPH 18sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 22-26mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, three-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 11,039 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Clasic Cars For Sale - Nick Larkin

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Any Velox PA – a cheaper al­ter­na­tive to the Cresta but with the same me­chan­i­cals and only mi­nor trim dif­fer­ence de­tails – puts a mas­sive smile on the face of ev­ery­one who sees it, and this is no dif­fer­ent. The 2.3-litre straight-six en­gine starts in­stantly and ap­pears to be in rude health, show­ing no signs of ex­ces­sive smoke, oil con­tam­i­na­tion or ten­dency to over­heat. It’s torquey and flex­i­ble enough to make tack­ling even steep hills sur­pris­ingly easy, and the three-speed col­umn-shift gear­box is free of any play. The sus­pen­sion feels and sounds good and there are no leaks. The steer­ing is light and the ge­om­e­try well set up – even with crossply tyres the car feels free from sig­nif­i­cant wan­der on the road. There’s some body roll in bends, but noth­ing se­ri­ous. The brakes are sur­pris­ingly good, too.

BODY­WORK CHECK

Veloxes were not of­fi­cially avail­able with two-tone paint fin­ishes – this one was orig­i­nally sin­gle-tone grey – but the grey over blue paint shines with a deep lus­tre and is fin­ished to a very good stan­dard. The body is ex­cel­lent and a check un­der the car re­veals no signs of ma­jor work, even on the boot floor. The sills ap­pear orig­i­nal, though it looks like there there may have been some per­fectly ac­cept­able re­pairs made where they meet the rear whee­larches. There are a cou­ple of mi­nor paint blem­ishes, in­clud­ing small bub­bles on the lower edge of the rear pas­sen­ger door and the cen­tre of one of the rear wings. The chrome is in ex­cel­lent or­der.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

It’s like a time­warp in here. There’s a tiny tear in the rear seat, but ev­ery­thing else – head­lin­ing, sun­vi­sors and car­pets – is vir­tu­ally as new. Even the dash­board padding is un­blem­ished. The in­stru­ments look like new and all seem work, though the lovely chromes­ur­rounded ra­dio does not and there are a few tiny chips on the steer­ing wheel. Speak­ing of chrome, the con­sid­er­able in­te­rior chrome is com­plete and in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Ev­ery­thing here is su­perbly pre­sented, right down to the last de­tail, in­clud­ing an orig­i­nal wind­screen washer bot­tle. There’s ev­i­dence of work hav­ing been car­ried out, in­clud­ing a new-look­ing ra­di­a­tor and hoses (though there’s no men­tion of this in the con­sid­er­able ser­vice his­tory) and fresh-look­ing oil.

THE CCW VIEW

It would cost a for­tune to re­store a Velox to this stan­dard. All the rare and ex­pen­sive bits, such as the chrome, are ex­cel­lent and the mi­nor body blem­ishes are noth­ing to worry about. It even re­tains its orig­i­nal regis­tra­tion num­ber. The ser­vice his­tory file con­tains MoT cer­tifi­cates go­ing back to 1978, when the car had 92,000 miles on the odome­ter.

EX­TE­RIOR Gen­er­ally ex­cel­lent, mi­nor paint­work flaws IN­TE­RIOR Ex­cel­lent and orig­i­nal ME­CHAN­I­CALS Drives su­perbly

ASK­ING £15,900 PRICE

Mint in­te­rior spoiled only by a slightly chipped wheel.

En­gine bay is clean, orig­i­nal and free from leaks.

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