1957-61 VAUXHALL VICTOR F-TYPE
engine 1508cc/4-cylinder/OHV PoweR 55bhp@4200rpm toRQue 85lb ft@2400rpm toP sPeeD 75mph 0-60MPh 24.8sec Fuel consuMPtion 28-32mpg
Vauxhall proclaimed that it was the country’s ‘No. 1 Export Car’ a year after the Victor’s launch in 1957, providing hundreds of thousands of motorists with Eisenhower-era styling on a British scale – and with a modestly British appetite for petrol. It was also the first Griffin-badged car to be sold in the USA, but the F-type was especially popular in Canada where it was sold as a Vauxhall via Pontiac/Buick dealers and, from 1960, as a rebadged ‘Envoy’ through Chevrolet/Oldsmobile outlets. Luton would make a range of ‘the British car built and backed by General Motors’ during the next ten years.