A 1956 Vauxhall Cresta E that is one of only three remaining on the road in the UK and has covered only 90,000 miles sold for a world record £48,000 at auction in the UK last weekend. Including commission, the price paid by the buyer was £53,760.
There cannot be a better Cresta E anywhere in the world after the painstaking rebuild by the vendor between 2012 and 2015. Starting with a relatively rust-free, New Zealand-assembled Cresta, it was a labour of love to recreate the example he owned and fondly remembered from new back in the 1950s.
He is believed to have spent £50,000, plus countless retirement man-hours restoring the car to its breath-taking perfection. No detail was missed, from the “speedbird’ badge on the front to the chromed exhaust deflector at the rear.
Yet, despite its spectacular condition, it is not a “trailer queen”, arriving at shows on the back of a truck. The vendor drove it to and from the classic car events and it won first in class at the Vauxhall National Rally in 2015.