1967 Vauxhall Cresta PC Standard, one of fewer than 10 left on Britain’s roads

This series has featured several bottom-of-the-range cars, and this 1967 Cresta PC Standard has to be one of the most fascinatingly Spartan to date. Not only does it lack reversing lights, a cigar lighter, a passenger vanity mirror, a headlamp flasher and a rear ashtray, but the interior is a symphony of vinyl. And today, less than 10 are believed to survive.

Vauxhall introduced the PC at the 1965 Earls Court Motor Show, where the sales team would be delighted to tell you about the “Space Curve” styling and how the car with “Dynamic Personality” represented “the best of modern motoring”. The overall effect is over a scaled-down fourth-generation Chevrolet Impala, and the Transatlantic “Coke bottle” looks were a first for a Luton-built car.

Power was from a 3.3-litre straight-six, as with the outgoing PB, and one talking point was that the company had dispensed with its familiar Velox badge for the entry-level model in favour of the Cresta Standard name.  

The brochure may have promised “the soft caress of deep luxury”, but that was mainly the province of the quad-headlight De Luxe, at £1,058 17s 1d. The Standard cost £956 2s 11d and was devoid of most distracting luxuries, but at least there was enough room in the 30-cubic feet boot for any number of sample cases. 

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