1969 Vauxhall Victor 2000
A solid example with recent restoration works; ready to go; rare to find; useful two-litre performance with stylish coke-bottle lines
By the late 1960s everyone had to offer a large car in their range, Ford and Vauxhall (as part of GM) opting to use American styling cues, while the true Brits turned to European styling houses for inspiration.
Vauxhall had concentrated on the large car market from the end of hostilities in 1945, dropping the clever pre-war chassis-less 10hp soon after to concentrate on higher margin products. The Velox and Cresta were big and expensive and so the firm decided to offer a slightly smaller option in the form of the Victor. These were made in various guises from 1957 until 1976 when the model range was replaced by the Opel designed Carlton
The FD series Victors were shown to the public for the first time in 1967 and ran until they were “squared off” post-1972 in a rather bland and boxy way. Pity really, as the FD models had very clean and attractive lines
This Victor FD 2000 has had just four previous keepers according to the V5C. The last owner fitted replacement wings and sills according to the vendor. There are seven old MOTs on file, the earliest dating back to 2001 at which time it registered 34,626 miles, the car having covered just a few thousand miles since.
While there is no suggestion that this total is correct, there is nothing to suggest it isn’t either. These Victors had an ability to corrode which bordered on the impressive, so to find one in such original and sound order is unusual. If a large ‘60s saloon is on your agenda, this two-litre Victor is well worth close inspection.
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