MEET THE VIC­TORS

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VIC­TOR FB (1961-64)

In­tro­duced a more Euro­pean look that pre-empted the Cortina MkI by a year – but never met with the same sales suc­cess. Also in­tro­duced the per­for­mance VX4/90 spinoff for the first time.

VIC­TOR FC 101 (1964-67)

Vaux­hall claimed the name rep­re­sented the 101 im­prove­ments made over the FB – which in­cluded more shoul­der room for oc­cu­pants and the op­tion of disc brakes with vac­uum servo as­sis­tance. It was based on the FB, but with a stiffer (and slightly heav­ier) bodyshell.

VIC­TOR FD (1967-72)

In­tro­duced rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing – and the Coke bot­tle styling that was al­ready prov­ing a hit with Viva own­ers – to Vic­tor buy­ers. Vaux­hall devo­tees are also mark­ing the FD’s 50th this year – turn the page for more on the cel­e­bra­tions.

VIC­TOR FE (1972-78)

The fi­nal Vic­tor was based on the Opel Rekord’s floor­pan but in­cor­po­rated styling from Lu­ton’s end – in fact, it was the last Vaux­hall model to be de­signed in­de­pen­dently of Opel. Pro­duc­tion of the more lux­u­ri­ous ver­sions was phased out in 1978 to make way for the Carl­ton.

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