Vauxhall Victor FC (1964 – 1967) Review

Vauxhall Victor FC (1964 – 1967) At A Glance


+Larger and more accommodating than the Victor FB, improved ride and handling, more performance

-Slightly lacking in charisma, and corrosion has killed them almost to extiction

Continuing Vauxhall’s policy of regular skin changes for its family cars, the Victor FC (also known as the Victor 101) appeared on the scene just three years after its predecessor. Although it looked significantly different from the FB, under the skin, little that changed. Still powered by the familiar 1594cc unit seen before it was still suspended by wishbones and coil springs at the front along with a live axle and semi-elliptic springs at the rear.

The new styling was much sleeker though, with thinner pillars, more curvaceous panels and a slightly concave rear window – a trend which didn't catch on (unless you count the Citroen CX and C6). The choice of transmission was either a three- or four-speed manual, along with a two-speed Powerglide automatic gearbox, available from 1966. The bold new styling also offered another significant upside – the Victor 101 offered one of the largest boots in its class, more interior space and class-leading ride quality. There was a choice of six cars across saloon and estate bodyshells, including the range-topping VX4/90, which had a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox as standard. The sporting Victor boasted a power output of 85bhp, compared to the standard car’s 76bhp.