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Vauxhall

PC Viscount, 1970

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Make
Vauxhall
Manufacturer
Vauxhall Motors
Location Made
Luton
Accession Number
L2021:123
Collection
Vauxhall Heritage Collection
Type
Car
Status
On loan from a private collection
Engine
6 cyl, 3294 cc, 120 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
98 mph (157 km/h)
Body Style
Saloon
Price When New
£1,457
Materials
metal, glass, textiles
Dimensions
4720mm (l), 1780mm (w), 1410mm (h)
Location
Museum

Introduced in June 1966, the Viscount was the super deluxe version of the Cresta PC, with similar engine and mechanical components. It was intended to compete against various contemporary premium vehicles. It was fitted with power steering, reclining seats, electric windows, a vinyl roof, walnut dashboard, leather trim, passenger reading lights and picnic tables, a fully carpeted luggage compartment and other accoutrements normally associated with luxury vehicles.

Fitted with the usual 3.3 litre straight-six engine and either two or three-speed automatic transmission, depending on its build date, the car was refined and had a sumptuous ride. Its performance, however, could feel lacklustre. The fuel consumption alone was a not the best, although this was never a major concern with drivers of such vehicles.