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1968 Vauxhall Victor 3300 Police specification [FD]

1968 Vauxhall Victor 3300 [FD] in McVicar, Movie, 1980 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1968 Vauxhall Victor 3300 Police specification [FD]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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nzcarnerd NZ

2011-07-25 01:50

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From the grille maybe a VX4/90? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vauxhall_Victor

-- Last edit: 2011-07-25 01:52:13

dsl SX

2011-07-25 02:20

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I think it's a police spec Ventora - grille has more uprights than VX4/90 - without some of the normal Ventora trim such as vinyl roof or side chrome/coachlines. Nothing on plate check sites, but ADV xxxL series was Devon issue, Oct 72. Unusual find.

dsl SX

2011-07-25 02:59

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Partial side view in /vehicle_419050-Audi-100.html shows no side trim and hubcaps, so definitely a police spec. Oct 72 date is very late - all normal [FD]s stopped production in Dec 71.

nzcarnerd NZ

2011-07-25 04:22

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Here in NZ around that time Government departments sometimes bought vehicles in bulk particularly near the end of a production run and put them into storage, bringing them out and registering them as they were needed - sometimes when they were several eyars old. If a similar situation applied in UK that might explain the date discrepancies.

JCB UK

2011-07-25 09:40

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The only vehicles 'stored' by government in UK are military and civil defence (Bought at vast expense!). All our little ruritanian police forces have their own buying policy and favourites when it comes to vehicles. This leads to great variety which is good for car buffs !

Surprised Police cars haven't got their own IMCD category like ' Fire Trucks'.

-- Last edit: 2011-07-26 09:09:02

Sandie SX

2011-07-25 14:22

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I can't find the record for the plate so it might be a fake.

The police in the UK have stockpiled certain makes of cars in the past but it is not common. See for example the Rover SD1 where one or two police forces bought a lot of late registered ones rather than switch immediately to the less powerful, front drive 827 that replaced it.

blackwalls ES

2011-07-25 15:16

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Another view:

[Image: mcvicar1980avi000392400.6905.jpg]


dsl SX

2011-07-25 15:31

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Again thumb shows plain trim. Apart from the grille, everything else is poverty-spec Victor 1600, but that is what I'd expect from a police-spec Ventora. I can't prove Ventora, but police would not use a slow noddy car for prisoner convoy work; as the plate is a genuine combination with a late date, it would fit a stockpiled police-spec Ventora explanation better than ordinary Victor. I think police tended to wait a year or two after a new car came out (in this case the [FE]) before adopting it to be sure it could prove its durability, and manufacturers may well not have been interested in developing specific police-spec models until the launch momentum had died down and they could start paying attention to the exact component combination for police requirements.

dsl SX

2012-02-17 15:28

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Update: there were some 1968 onwards Victor FD 3300 saloons produced for police use only - in effect poverty Ventoras but Victor badged with Ventora grille and similar to the Victor 3300 Estate which was publicly available. So confirming this as 1968+ Victor 3300, though plate date still confusing.

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