Out of the jet age and into the space age -- welcome to the 60s! Regardless at the asking prices on fleabay or craigsrip, the '55-'57 Chevrolet values don’t really seem to be going anywhere. Contrary to the drive-in movies, salacious rock-and-roll dancing, and milkshake brain freeze memories conjured up by the tri-five Chevy crowd, those with firsthand experience of Vauxhall ownership probably remember their late 1950’s motoring past much differently; getting run off the road by larger cars, uncooperative Pontiac dealers, and relying on English pen pals for parts. Snag this 1960 Envoy Special (Vauxhall Victor almost everywhere but Canada) for all the looks, all the fun, of a ’56 Bel Air at a fraction of the price. This post is part of DT's 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!
While Buick was busy selling the Opel Rekord across the street, Pontiac dealers here in the States sold these cars in very limited numbers up from 1958 until 1961. A handful of FB Victors were sold in 1962 before they pulled out completely. In Canada, Vauxhall had a much for vibrant following as those North of the border were much more open minded in an automotive sense, welcoming a far wider variety of imports. It’s not entirely uncommon to see Vauxhall Vivas, Firenzas, Crestas, and others for sale on the provincial Kijiji’s and craigslists.
This particular car seems to not need much. Parts, mainly trim, can be difficult to find, however, parts cars do pop up occasionally and they are usually cheap.
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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.