1974 Vauxhall Victor Estate 1.8
Best car I ever had; I want another
I loved this car and it never let me down. I looked after it, and would still have it, had a car not ran over the top of it.
Weak points was the top void bushes on rear axle, but that was a 70's problem. Fitted solid Cortina ones and it never came back again.
For a big car, it handled very well. Best mod I ever made was Spax shock absorbers. It handled like a dream after them. Dropped in a VX490 2300 engine and it could rocket then. Not a problem for the brakes, as they were fantastic; my modern ABS car can't stop as well as my old Victor could. It stood on it nose and hardly ever locked up a wheel, but it did need up rated pads to stop the brake fade; if you really toasted the car, you could get the back brakes to collapse inside the drum, as they went soft as they got red hot.
Loved the huge seats; you could just laze about in them. In the estate model you can move the front seats forward, and they could fold backwards to edge of rear seat. Like a big built in bed.
I now have a VX2300GLS in my garage. Oh how I wish they made the shells as it's a bit rusty. Would love to have another to drive about again.
So if anyone has a good shell, please find me and let me buy it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2007
15th Aug 2007, 19:13
Try eBay or one of the Victor Owners' Clubs as the odd car does come up every now and then - past salvation owing to mechanical issues, but with a reasonably good shell.
I do agree with your comments on the FE series Victor, though. Very under-rated cars that never sold in great numbers and not too many left around now.