This is a Vauxhall Victor. Vauxhall is General Motors British subsidiary. In the fifties and sixties Vauxhalls were sold in the US through Pontiac dealers. This car however came in through Canada, which is the only place the "Envoy" name was used. In Canada it was sold through Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealers.
Introduced in 1957, the car shows a lot of American styling influences. The backwards sloping A-pillar, the little fins, the random slices of chrome all scream late 1950s GM car. Also, like most American cars, it has a bench seat and the shifter (3 speed manual) is located on the steering column.
The engine is a 1.5 liter 4. They are very durable, but not very powerful, engines. Putting out just 55 horsepower, it powered the Victor / Envoy to 60 MPH in a little over 28 seconds. (Count that out in your head and think about what it must have been like to merge into highway traffic. Yikes.) When you finally reach 60, there isn't much left. Top speed was reported to be 74 MPH.
This car is in Nevada. I suspect that it's been there for awhile as Vauxhalls rusted like mad, and this one has very little rust.
It looks to be complete. The seller says it needs a windshield and a taillight lens. He also says it needs brakes, but, really, that's a moot point. Who would restore a 52 year old car and not re-do the brakes, whether they seemed to work or not?
This is one of those cars you would buy not so much to drive, but to bring to shows. I've been to hundreds of car shows in my life, but have never seen a Vauxhall at any of them. I'd love to see this one someday.
Located in las Vegas, NV, click here to see the eBay listing.