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Vauxhall

FD Ventora, 1971

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Make
Vauxhall
Manufacturer
Vauxhall Motors
Location Made
Luton
Accession Number
L2021:125
Collection
Vauxhall Heritage Collection
Type
Car
Status
On loan from a private collection
Engine
6 cyl, 3298 cc, 123 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
106 mph (170 km/h)
Body Style
Saloon
Price When New
not quoted
Materials
metal, glass, textiles
Dimensions
4554mm (l), 1699mm (w), 1356mm (h)
Location
Not on Display

The Ventora was the up-market version of the Victor FD range, sitting alongside the standard model and a sportier version with the moniker VX4/90. The Victor range was built between 1957 and 1978, with the Ventora produced from 1968 to 1971.

The FD design was inspired by the American "coke bottle" shaped cars of the time with sweeping curves over the wheel arches and narrowed side windows. Although Victor FDs were fitted with the overhead camshaft (OHC) slant-four engine, the Ventora utilised the six-cylinder 3.3-litre overhead valve cast iron unit from the Vauxhall Cresta.

To help justify the additional expense of the car, the Ventora owner gained some enviable features: wider tyres, a different front grille, fancy hubcaps and a black vinyl roof. The interior was enhanced too with extra instrumentation including a rev counter.

First registered in September 1971, this car is amongst the last batch of Ventoras built; in total, just under 15,000 Ventoras left the production line. This included the Ventora “II” that boasted decorative door casings and a rosewood facia and console which was available for two years from 1970.