Vauxhall Victor F Series II
1959-1961, 186000 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Estate,4 doors,4 seats
The Vauxhall Victor was a medium/large model of automobile produced by Vauxhall Motors, the British subsidiary of General Motors from 1957 to 1976. The car was the smaller of two new models from Vauxhall to replace the outgoing Wyvern model, the larger one being the Vauxhall Cresta PA. It was renamed as the VX Series and continued until 1978, when it was replaced by the Carlton, which was based on the German Opel Rekord D. The last model was manufactured under licence by Hindustan Motors in India as the Hindustan Contessa, during the 1980s and early 1990s, with an Isuzu engine.
The original Victor was the first European car to use the panoramic windscreen, and for a time was Britain's most exported car, with worldwide sales in markets as far flung as the United States (sold by Pontiac dealers, as Vauxhall had been part of GM since 1925), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Asian right hand drive markets such as Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
In Canada, it was marketed as both the Vauxhall Victor (sold through Pontiac dealerships) and Envoy (marketed through Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Buick dealers). The Victor was also instrumental in giving Vauxhall its first in-house designed estate car, which complemented the four door saloon.
The original Victor (1957-1961) was dubbed the F series and saw a production run totalling over 390,000 units. The car was of unitary construction and featured a large glass area with heavily curved windscreen and rear window. Following then current American styling trends, the windscreen pillars sloped backwards. Bench seats were fitted front and rear trimmed in Rayon and "Elastofab" and two colour interior trim was standard. The Super model had extra chrome trim, notably around the windows, the exhaust pipe coming through the rear bumper, arm rests on the doors, door operated courtesy lights, a two spoke steering wheel and twin sun visors. An estate variant was launched in 1958
Although the engine was of similar size to that of the outgoing Wyvern it was actually new. Fitted with a single Zenith carburettor it had an output of 55 bhp (41 kW) at 4200 rpm and gained a reputation of giving a long trouble free life. The three speed gearbox had synchromesh on all forward ratios and was operated by a column mounted lever. In early 1958 Newtondrive two pedal control was available as an option.
Suspension was independent at the front by coil springs and with an anti-roll bar was fitted on a rubber mounted cross member. The rear suspension used a live axle and semi elliptic leaf springs. Steering was of the recirculating ball type. Lockheed hydraulic 8 in (203 mm) drum brakes were used.
A "Super" version tested by The Motor magazine in 1957 had a top speed of 74.4 mph (119.7 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 28.1 seconds. A fuel consumption of 31.0 miles per imperial gallon (9.11 L/100 km/25.8 mpg US) was recorded. The test car cost £758 including taxes of £758.  The estate car cost GBP931.
A Series II model was announced in 1959 with simplified styling. The new car was available in three versions with a De-Luxe as the top model featuring leather trim and separate front seats.
|1508cc||S4 OHV||79.3mm x 76.2mm|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|350||Vauxhall VICTOR F SERIES||ECA Classic Auctions||21 Jan 2007||Not sold|
|076||Vauxhall Victor F Series (1959)||BCA||3 Dec 2001||-||£1872.00|
|216||Vauxhall Victor Saloon (1959)||RTS Auctions Ltd||19 Aug 2001||£1200.00||-|
|858||Vauxhall Victor Saloon (1961)||Brooks||27 Jul 2000||-||£1840.00|
|213||Vauxhall Victor F Type (1960)||RTS Auctions Ltd||17 Aug 1997||Not sold|
|033||Vauxhall Victor Deluxe (1960)||H&H Sales Limited||4 Jun 1997||£2200.00||-|
|202||Vauxhall Victor F Type (1959)||RTS Auctions Ltd||12 Jan 1997||£690.00||-|
|023||Vauxhall F Sii (1960)||H&H Sales Limited||5 Jun 1996||£2100.00||-|
|090||Vauxhall Victor MKII (1960)||ADT||28 Nov 1994||Not sold|
|078||Vauxhall Victor SL (1960)||ADT||13 Jun 1994||£1600.00||-|
|076||Vauxhall Victor (1960)||ADT||11 Apr 1994||£1050.00||-|
Classic Car Weekly 29 January 2003 pg 20
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 29 January 2003|
|Buying Power. Vauxhall Victor FB/FC. The Victor range was launched in the Fifties by a Vauxhall keen to grab a slice of the burgeoning mid-range action. But the model didn't really come of age until the FB version arrived in 1961. Richard Gunn looks at this and its successor, the FC.|
Classic Car Weekly 12 December 2001 pg 8
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 12 December 2001|
|Buying Power. Vauxhall Victor FD/FE. The final genesis of the Vauxhall Victor took the Luton Vauxhalls deep into the Seventies. Richard Gunn looks at buying the Vauxhall FD and FE range.|