Post-war British cars were not exactly known for their fiery performance. Before being sent to magazines like the 1961 E-Type Autocar, Jag was able to climb to the top of 150 miles per hour (241 km / h) with a little careful “preparation”, but ordinary cars like the Vauxhall Victor sedan struggled to go halfway faster.
Although this is not one. Thanks to an extensive drivetrain transplant from a 2004 Audi S4, this will probably leave the E-Type trailing from Victor Light, and the donor Audi will be a good match for it at the top end based on 155 miles per hour. (250 km / h) Limited maximum speed.
The source of the construction was found in 1994 when British Voxhall fan Paul Martin stumbled upon an old Victor body shell that had been stored in a barn since 1960 when an owner’s plan to build an assembly car failed. But Martin had another 19 years to turn it into the current car.
Audi first had a two-door transformation in the body before the moving gear was replaced. That transplant included the S4’s 339 hp (344 PS) 4.2-liter V8 and six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, and represented a major improvement over the four-Victor-equipped 1.6-liter inline of that era. Voxhall rated them at 69 hp (70 ps), but it was measured under a more liberal gross horsepower system, which meant the actual power was about 60 hp (61 ps).
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Martin has completely replaced the wiring loom which means almost every feature found in the donor Audi is reflected in the 1960s sedan, which includes anti-lock-equipped four-wheel disc brakes, ESP, central locking, air conditioner, heated and electrically adjustable seats and pads. Transfer for auto gearbox. Victor even has the S4’s OBD diagnostic port, which means you can theoretically book it with an Audi dealer for a service.
The S4 was a fast car in its day, capable of speeding from zero to 60 mph (96 km / h) in less than 6.0 seconds, but intermediate years revealed that the V8 engine was suffering from timing chain problems, and that the chain was being repaired behind the engine located here. An engine-out work. Despite the donor motor covering only 57,000 miles, Martin wisely decided to remove it and install new timing chains and guides as a precaution.
Such a transformation was a pet project for Martin and would not be an English breakfast cup for everyone. Victor wasn’t a great looking car anyway, and the upgrade will definitely polarize opinion. But someone apparently shared his passion because the car, which was advertised for £ 24,500 (30,250), had just been sold for an undisclosed amount.
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