With its sprouting tail fins, wrap-around windows and white wall tires (optional), the 1957 Vauxhall Cresta PA could not deny its heavy-handed American influence. Nonetheless, it was well done, and while the car was not nearly as big as the ones it copied, it was big enough. The Cresta evolved mechanically over the years it was in production, until 1962, and there were some notable changes to the exterior as well, including making the rear window a single piece. The Cresta PA was available as a sedan, of course, and a station wagon was added to the line-up in 1959.
In terms of engines, the original Cresta came standard with a straight-six, pushrod engine that produced 75 horsepower, and was replaced in 1960 by a bigger version of the same engine (2.6-liters) that developed 95 horsepower. Performance wasn’t phenomenal, but it wasn’t embarrassing, either, with a top speed of 97 miles per hour and a 0-60 acceleration of roughly 15 seconds. Those figures are for the bigger, more powerful 1960 engine.
The 1957 Vauxhall Cresta PA, and the models that followed were popular cars, and remained so until the marque gracefully retired the model in 1962.