The AWD Audi S4 V8 transplant took this British classic Voxhall from 60 HP to 339


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 150 miles per hour (241 km / h) with a little careful “preparation”, but ordinary cars like the Voxhall Victor sedan struggled to go halfway faster.

Although this is not one. Thanks to a massive drivetrain transplant from a 2004 Audi S4, this Victor light will probably leave E-type trailing, 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 origins of the construction can be traced back to 1994 when Paul Martin, a British Voxhall fan, 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 the four Victors of that era represented massive improvements to the 1.6-liter inline. 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 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 pedals. 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 traveling from zero to 60 mph (96 km / h) in less than 6.0 seconds, but the intervening years revealed that the V8 engine was suffering from timing chain problems, and that the chain was in place. On the back of the engine, repairing 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.

What do you think of these restomados that take so many features from a donor car where there is almost nothing left of the original? Let us know in the comments.

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