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PA Velox project - too crusty?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:55 pm    Post subject: PA Velox project - too crusty? Reply with quote

Hi all,

The subject of older Vauxhalls has been discussed in these parts recently. This resto candidate popped up on ebay the other day. It's a 1960 PA Velox, complete, and a runner, but does the condition of the bodywork and chrome fittings make it beyond economic restoration I wonder? In its favour, it appears to be complete, but visible rot is usually just the tip of the metal moth iceberg, so how bad might this one be once the paint has been stripped back?

In fairness, the price (2350 obo) does reflect the car's condition.



http://ebay.to/2fuI7dW

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Ellis



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember seeing PA Crestas and Veloxes corroded to that extent and worse in the mid 1960s.

My father bought a tiny mileage 1962 Velox in 1963 and it was already showing signs of corrosion in August 1965 and 22k miles when he part exchanged it for that very reason against a new Volvo 121 four door. The variant we had was the final edition of the PA's with the smaller rear light clusters and smaller rear wing fins.

There were a few blisters on the rear wings if I recall on a garaged car at only three years old.

The listing for this Velox has already been ended by the seller but if you click to see the original listing, look at the protruding part of the wrap around windscreen. Many people, my parents included gave themselves a nasty whack on that part while entering the car.

There was a fault on the petrol flap of these cars. It was situated behind the rear windscreen and was supposed to open of itself when pressed. It frequently seized in the closed position.

If the car has been sold it's new owner has bought himself a lot of work.
Having said that I remember ours as a most comfortable and spacious car.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the air conditioned floors! Too much work I would say.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
I like the air conditioned floors! Too much work I would say.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly,the value of these cars,even mint examples,is far outweighed by restoration costs.
If you could do the metalwork yourself,it might be worth a go,but then ,personally ,I wouldn't pay that price for a car needing that much work,rare or not.
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