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HERE is my absolutely delightful 1961 Vauxhall Victor F Series 2 Super. As best as I can ascertain, this is the facelift model of the Series 2 which was introduced very late in the production run which finally drew to a close in the summer of that year. So, basically and bearing in mind how few of these old girls have survived, this must be one of the last ones to have left the factory. Facelift models can be recognised by their "modern style" dashboard and a rear end which displays five vertical lines to each side of the number plate. There are probably other differences but they are the two which spring to my mind. She is in superb order and of course let's keep everything in context here. The poor old F series suffered horrendously from rot and very few made it to four of five-years of age back in the late fifties and early sixties. From my memory, by the time we were in the late sixties and we had the FB, FC and even the FD Victors, the original model was virtually consigned to history. Actually, two-thirds of the the model's entire production run was exported and so there were never that many in the UK in the first place. In 1959, the USA proudly proclaimed that the Victor was the country's best selling imported car! I guess you will see a few on UK show grounds most summers but you are not going to see them cruising around the country lanes like you might expect a Morris Minor or a Ford Anglia to do. I suppose the Victor's main rivals in the mid-range family saloon market would have been Ford's Zephyr/Zodiac and BMC's Farina range. Again, when it comes to numbers of survivors, the poor old Victor will be languishing at the bottom of the league table. However, the remain a delightful car to drive with a silky smooth 1507cc engine and a lovely three-speed column change. This old girl has 37,000 miles on the clock and has a new MoT until June, 2020 (no advisories) even though technically she no longer requires one. Her speedo cable was renewed very recently although the previous owner tells me that it is currently dis-connected at the dashboard end as the needle was moving a touch erratically. I would say that her overall condition today - remember she is 58-years-old - would be comparable to how a two-year-old version tended to look back in the day. And she would not even be here today if she carried any inherent rot or rust. Put simply, she does not. She is not perfect and clearly has not been rebuilt. Well at least in my considered opinion. But she is in great order both inside and out. Her engine bay is an absolute credit to previous owners. So solid underneath and in all the right places like boot floor, inner wings and door bottoms, she has to be seen to be believed. Even the undersides of the doors are in fantastic condition and, by that, I mean the bottoms which you cannot see unless you lie on the ground and look upwards. The actual door bottoms themselves (ie the metal skins) are in super order too. She idles so quietly that you can hardly hear her and she is a super smooth delight on the open road. Interior wise, the seats are in amazing condition and the dashboard is truly lovely. The original radio blanking plate remains in situ which is always nice to see, while a modern day radio contraption has been fitted beneath the dash on the passenger side and could always be removed without causing any damage. All my classic cars are treated as the equivalent of motoring antiques. This one, for example, is 58-years-old this month! They cannot be compared to the wife's six-month-old Chelsea tractor and they are bound to come with imperfections, quirks and bits and pieces that will need attention even if it is some time in the future. They do however come with oodles of charm, appeal and are there to be loved like a family pet. If you are new to the classic car scene, then please bear all this in mind. Most examples have clearly had work over the decades and I cannot predict how much or how little they will need in the future. That, I am afraid, is the nature of the beast in the world of classic cars. Motoring antiques is what they are. I love my Georgian dining table, but I can see all the scars and signs of previous woodworm. Had I wanted a brand new table, I would have gone to Oak Furniture Land. Well perhaps. Demand is outstripping supply these days and they don't make the old girls any more. So, make some allowances and drive away with a smile on your face. It goes with the territory, and therefore must be accepted, that they are always going to need on-going care, attention and repair. Don't tell me some way down the line that the full beam doesn't work or that you have discovered something I knew nothing about. They are bloody old. It happens. They come in and they go out. It seems as though I have become a "re-homer" of classic cars. I accept all major debit cards and a ten per cent deposit is required at the point of sale with the balance due within three days. I can also assist with delivery and so please ask for a quote. Thanks for reading, Martin. (07595-020282).

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