Vauxhall has teamed up with Classic & Sports Car magazine to field the famous 1963 VX4/90 touring car in two upcoming vintage races at Silverstone in the United Kingdom. The VX4/90 first rose to fame after its debut at the Goodwood St Mary’s Trophy in 1963 and was one of the key players in the automaker’s touring car “glory years.”
The VX4/90 is currently owned by gentleman racer Paul Clayson, who had it restored to its original state back in 2013. Since then, he’s run the classic racer in different events with factory support from Vauxhall. It recently competed in the Touring Greats Allstars race at Silverstone, and will soon run in the BTCC ’58-66 race at Donington from May 2-4.
“We’ve followed the Vauxhall (VX4/90) for two seasons now and have been impressed by the way Paul has developed its chassis and powertrain, while staying faithful to the car’s originality. C&SC is looking forward to covering Paul’s progress this season, and we wish him the very best success.”
The VX4/90 has had an interesting life, to say the least. It started out in Vauxhall’s press fleet before being converted into a touring car for its Goodwood debut. It was then run successfully in the European Saloon Car Championship before being transformed into a rally car for the 1964 season. In its current, restored state of tune, it pumps out 140 horsepower from dual-Weber carb-equipped four-cylinder engine.