The cleaner styled Vauxhall Victor FB ran from 1961 until 1964, with a substantial improvement regarding rust protection.

The body styling owed nothing to any US GM influence, the flat front and turtle-deck rear resembling some older US Fords.

Mechanically, the main change was the option of a 4-speed all-synchromesh transmission with floor change, but the previously used 3-speed all-synchro column change unit was still fitted as standard.

The engine was also revised with higher compression ratio, and revised manifold is increasing the power output to 49.5 bhp (37 kW; 50 PS). In September 1963 the engine was enlarged from 1508 to 1594 cc.

Models with the larger engine had a revised frontal treatment with a block style grille element and revised parking lights at either lower extreme of the grille.

Vinyl covered front bench seats were standard on the base model and THE Super Victor, although buyers could specify individual seats for both these models while they came as standard on the De Luxe.

Other options included a heater, fog lamps, radio, screen washers, reversing light and seat belts.

A sporty derivative, the VX4/90, was also available, with twin-carburettor, alloy head, high-compression crankshaft engine giving 71 bhp (53 kW; 72 PS) and servo-assisted brakes.

Externally the car was distinguished from the standard car by a coloured stripe down the side, revised grille and larger tail-light clusters.

These cosmetic features were essentially similar to the Canadian-market-only Envoy models.

The VX4/90 engine also was upgraded to 1595 cc (97 cubic inches), and with a change in rear axle ratio, could now easily exceed 90 mph.

Quite in contrast to its "junky" predecessor, the Victor FB was considered a solidly built and well-proportioned vehicle.

The VX4/90 was widely exported, though sales in the US ended after 1961 when Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick came up with home-grown compact models of their own.

Consequently, the FB only achieved sales of 328,000 units by the time it was replaced in 1964.


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