Lot 211 - 1954 13097 Velox EIPV Series

Lot 211 - 1954 13097 Velox EIPV Series

Lot 211 - 1954 13097 Velox EIPV Series

Lot Number 211
Registration NNM127
Chassis Number E1P109887
Engine Number EP183347
Odometer reading 300 miles
Estimate £12,000 - £15,000

In 1951 a longer, wider Vauxhall Velox was launched, designated as the EIP series, and featuring a modern 'three box' shape and integral construction. The body was again shared with the 4-cylinder-engined Vauxhall Wyvern. The car was launched with the previous model's engine but with power output increased to 58bhp. A car with the original 2275cc engine tested by The Motor magazine in 1951 had a top speed of 77.4 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 23.7 seconds.  In April 1952 the Velox was re-designated as the EIPV series, and received a new 2262cc engine which had been in development for several years. This provided either 64bhp or, with a compression ratio improved to 7.6:1, 68bhp of power. A further test in 1952 by The Motor magazine of the EIPV with the short stroke 2262cc engine, found the top speed had increased to 80.4 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph to 21.4 seconds. A fuel consumption of 23.6 miles per imperial gallon was recorded. In December 1952 General Motors Holden launched a convertible and coupé utility version of the EIPV Velox and EIX Wyvern saloons on the Australian market. Both these cars used modified Vauxhall bodies affixed to the Bedford CA chassis. The convertible was originally to be called the Caleche but by the time of launch the model name was changed to Vagabond. The Vagabond was a two door five seater with folding roof and side windows; it did not survive the 1955 face lift. The coupé utility continued on until officially withdrawn at the end of the 1957 model year. 1955 saw a significant facelift. Most obvious of the many cosmetic changes was a new front grill. More importantly was the introduction at this time of a sister model, branded as the Vauxhall Cresta.

This very rare 1954 Vauxhall Velox EIPV was the subject of a ground up rebuild by the third owner who purchased the car in 1997 and finished it about four years ago having spent over £20,000 on the restoration. Although this car has never been entered into a concours competition, it can only be described as in show condition and attracts masses of attention whenever it is taken to car shows. Finished in cream over blue, this Vauxhall is fitted with all the period extras such as the sun peak over the windscreen fitted with a hand spotlight, both fog lamps and driving lamps on the front of the car and a tow hitch on the back to pull a small caravan. The interior has been completely renewed in the original style, finished in matching blue and cream; a couple of items have been added for modern convenience including a CD player and a Radio/Cassette. This stunning Vauxhall Velox is supplied with a V5C registration document, handbook, workshop manual and, even though this car is now MoT exempt, there are a number of old MoT test certificates, the last of which ended in 2013. This is the perfect car for enjoying at weekends or for taking to classic car shows such as the Goodwood Revival.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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