With the introduction of the 'PA' series Cresta and Velox in October 1957, Vauxhall embraced American styling with even greater enthusiasm than hitherto. Plentiful chrome, garish colour schemes, wrap-around windscreens and fashionable tail fins were all featured on these two top-of-the-range sixes, which often were seen wearing whitewall tyres. Originally of 2.25-litres, the overhead-valve, straight-six engine was enlarged to 2.6-litres in 1960 while the one major styling revision came in August that same year when a larger front grille and one-piece rear screen were adopted on the 'PADY' Velox and 'PADX' Cresta models. The standard transmission was a three-speed manual while overdrive and the two-speed Hydra-Matic auto 'box were options. An estate conversion was offered by Friary Motors of Basingstoke. Offering softly-sprung comfort, the Cresta offered decent performance for the time, with a top speed of over 90mph.
A participant in the last three Churchill Vintage & Classic Shows (2010-2012), this well presented original example dates from the final year of production and has the desirable overdrive-equipped gearbox. Currently displaying a total of 27,716 miles on the odometer, '163 FOV' was acquired by the Patrick Collection in January 1983 from one Henry Ward of Birmingham and is said to run exceptionally well and very quietly. The original leather interior remains in generally very good condition and the body/chassis is described as in good original order, though it could be argued that the original paintwork would benefit from refreshment. Offered with the car is an owner's wallet, Velox/Cresta sales brochure, service guide and lubrication chart, sundry invoices, a quantity of expired MoT certificates, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2013 and Swansea V5 document.