Vauxhall Velox and Cresta E (1951 – 1957) Review

Vauxhall Velox and Cresta E (1951 – 1957) At A Glance


+Cool USA-inspired styling, survivors will have been restored by now, smooth six-cylinder engine

-Thirsty, and sluggish considering its 2.3-litre engine

The post-war E-Type Vauxhall cars owed much in terms of styling to their American GM consins. The 1951 Velox featured Chevrolet-inspired looks with sweeping wings, semi-enclosed rear ewheels, and a significant amount of chrome on its bodywork,

That was no bad thing in the company's truly first upmarket cars of the era - the Velox E (although it followed on from the related 1948-'51 L-Type Velox). They were essentially six-cylinder versions of the Wyvern E, launched at the same time. Velox had a smooth 2275cc engine and After one year, a new 2262cc version made an appearance; although smaller in capacity, it had more power (from 58bhp to 64 or 69bhp).

The Cresta E joined the line-up in 1954 as an even more prestigious model; from the outside it was easily recognised as being the top model, thanks to its two-tone paint. The Velox and Cresta E were more technically advanced than many of their UK rivals, featuring monocoque-construction, and smooth straight-sixes, although their three-speed gearboxes were already becoming passe.

Ask Honest John

I'm restoring an old Vauxhall Cresta - can you point me towards someone who can offer advice?

"I live in Thailand and my father-in-law has an old and rusted Vauxhall Cresta. We're looking to restore the car but have no idea who to seek advice from in regards to restoration and finding old parts. Could you please point us in the right direction?"
Your best bet is to contact the Vauxhall Cresta club ( - they'll be able to point you in the direction of a member who has some experience restoring these cars. As for parts, there's always eBay or one of the Vauxhall specialists like Green Parts ( Restoring an old car is a labour of love that requires much time and money to be invested. Go into this project with your eyes open, though. Depending on how far gone the car is, you're unlikely to get your money back on the restoration - but restoring an old car goes beyond those constraints and is what makes our hobby great.
Answered by Keith Moody
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