Lot 150 - 1955 Vauxhall Velox

Lot 150 - 1955 Vauxhall Velox

Lot 150 - 1955 Vauxhall Velox

Lot Number 150
Registration VJH 196
Chassis Number E1PV181037
Engine Number 180557
Odometer reading 34,052 miles
Result Sold - £22,400
  • Presents in remarkable condition
  • Has won many awards over a number of years

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 four-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. The coupé utility continued on until officially withdrawn at the end of the 1957 model year. 1955 saw a significant facelift.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 grille. More importantly was the introduction at this time of a sister model, branded as the Vauxhall Cresta.

Originally registered on 1st September 1955 this Vauxhall presents in astonishing condition. Clearly restoration work has been carried out, although this has been carried out with ‘new old stock’ parts wherever possible. The mileage of 34,052 is original and is confirmed by a significant history folder. The quality of work has to be seen to be appreciated. The Maroon coachwork is exceptional and would not look out of place on a Rolls-Royce. The interior is largely original, however to due to the fact this Vauxhall has covered on average 500 miles per year throughout its 68 years on British roads, it is in fine order and has a modest character warming patina. The brightwork, of which there is plenty, is also in excellent condition. The engine started first time during our inspection and the car ran very well, are advised the car drives with no known faults. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this award winning, imposing Velox cannot fail to attract admiring glances and put a smile on your face.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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