Vauxhall Wyvern EIX
|Production||1951-1957 107,588 made|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon 2-door convertible (Australia) 2-door coupe utility (Australia)|
|Engine||1442 cc Straight-4 35 bhp (26 kW) (1951 - 1952) 1507 cc Straight-4 40 bhp (30 kW) or 48 bhp (36 kW) (1952 - 1957)|
|Wheelbase||103 in (2,616 mm)|
|Width||67 in (1,702 mm) (1951 - 1952) 66.5 in (1,689 mm) (1952 - 1957)|
|Height||63 in (1,600 mm)|
In 1951 a completely new Wyvern was launched, featuring a modern Ponton, three-box shape in a monocoque body. A modest increase in power to 35 bhp (26 kW) permitted a claimed top speed above 62 mph (100 km/h) despite the car's increased size. As before, a more powerful Vauxhall Velox was available with the new body.
5313 were made.
A year after the launch of the rebodied Wyvern the car received a new 1507 cc engine available with two different power outputs of 40 or 48 bhp (36 kW). Maximum speed rose to 72 mph (116 km/h). More performance was available from the six-cylinder Vauxhall Velox and (from 1954) Cresta versions.
The EIX series Wyvern received a new bonnet and grille in 1955, a wrap-round rear window in 1956 and another new grille in 1957.
The Wyvern sold well on the UK market until its replacement with the more radically styled Vauxhall Victor FA in 1957.
A car with the 40 bhp (30 kW) engine tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1952 had a top speed of 71.6 mph (115.2 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 37.2 seconds. A fuel consumption of 30.4 miles per imperial gallon (9.3 L/100 km; 25.3 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £771 including taxes.
105,275 were made.