The Vauxhall Cresta was introduced in October 1954 as a luxury variant of the Vauxhall Velox. In 1957 the Model E was replaced by the PA, an ultra-modern cars of the late 1950s, which was not sufficiently luxurious, however, that those who counted themselves among the elite of British society, had driven him. Rock stars could drive him, lawyers and doctors never. The irony of fate that Queen Elizabeth II actually many Years used a combination design of this car.
Die Cresta-Modelle der waren E (1955-1957), der PA (1958-1962), der PB (1963-1965) und der PC (1966-1972). Der Viscount (1966-1972) war eine Luxusausführung des Cresta PC.
The Vauxhall Velox EIP was introduced in 1951 and revised in 1954. In this context a the de-luxe version of the Velox, Cresta was introduced in October 1954. He had the same 2262cc six-cylinder engine with the same power delivery, but was better equipped with leather upholstery, two-tone paint, whitewall tires, a standard heating and a clock. The E-Series is one next to the PA models now one of the most coveted and sought-after models the Vauxhall brand.
The Cresta PA is best known today. He copied the U.S. fashion the giant tail fins, panoramic windows and white wall tires, but compared to the Cadillacs and Buicks of this time in European dimensions. It looks somewhat similar to the Packard Caribbean by 1955.
During the 1970s many Cresta PA have been modified and tuned; the model was very popular with nostalgia. Many of the cars were driven by "Teddy Boys" and seen as part of the rock ‘n’ roll culture. A Cresta PA The Specials to see in the 1981 music video "Ghost Town" of the group. The band wears in the video also dress in the style of the 1950s.
Today, the Cresta PA is considered classical; the later variants are perhaps less popular, the scene shows but increasingly interest. Don Lang was a famous Cresta PA driver in the late 1950s.
The Cresta PB was held in a very different style, completely without tail fins, flat hood and a total of more conservative styling. He initially had the 2.65-liter inline six-cylinder models of the late PA; in the last year of production, he then got a 3.3-liter engine. There was still a three-speed transmission with shift lever on the steering column, but on request, an overdrive. For the 3.3-liter car you could also order a four-speed gearbox with floor shift. The automatic "Hydra-Matic" there was for both versions. The car also had a brake booster, front disc brakes. In addition to the saloon there was a station wagon.
The latest version of this series, the Cresta PC, was another car, bigger and in the Coke-bottle design as it was also seen in the 4-cylinder Vauxhall Victor FD series of. He was very similar to the Australian Holden HR and had the 3.3-liter engine of the predecessor during his entire seven-year construction period. The DeLuxe model had dual headlights. There was, in turn, sedan and wagon.
Equipped with the same engine and the same mechanics as the PC of the Viscount was the super-luxury version of this car. A combination did not exist, however. Standard were power steering, power windows, reclining seats, vinyl roof and a dashboard with Walnußholzeinlage. Some PC 3.3 had a dual exhaust as a tuning measure. Also standard the car was equipped with a Powerglide automatic transmission, but the four-speed gearbox was available at no Available at additional cost. Some South African models were fitted on request with a Chrysler V8 engine.