Vauxhall 14-6

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Vauxhall 14-6
1947 Vauxhall 14 4691383736.jpg
Vauxhall Fourteen-Six 1938-1948
unitary hulled six-light saloon
1947 example
Manufacturer Vauxhall (General Motors)
Also called Vauxhall Fourteen-Six
Vauxhall Model J
Production 1933 to 1948
Assembly United Kingdom
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
2-door coupé (Australia)
2-door roadster (Australia)
Layout FR layout
Engine 1,781cc I6
Wheelbase 105.0 inches [1]
Successor Vauxhall Velox

The Vauxhall 14-6 is an automobile which was produced by Vauxhall in the United Kingdom from 1933 to 1948.[2]

General Motors light six[edit]

Announced for the 1933 Earls Court Motor Show the 14-6 was offered as a six-light, four door saloon [2] and was powered by a four bearing, OHV, 1,781cc I6 engine.[3]


Stratford four-seater sports 1933
by Whittingham & Mitchel

Programme for 1934:

Bodies by Vauxhall
  • 4-door 6-light saloon with sliding roof
  • 2-door coupé with sliding roof
Bodies by other coachbuilders but supplied by Vauxhall and in their standard catalogue
  • Tickford Foursome Coupé (by Salmons)
  • Pendine 4-str Sports Tourer (by Holbrook)
  • Suffolk Saloon Sports Tourer (by Holbrook)
  • Stratford 4-str Sports (by Whittingham & Mitchel)
  • Tourer (by Duple)
  • 2-str with Dickey (by Duple)[4]

Unitary chassis-body September 1938[edit]

The previous engine was retained. Features included a unitary hull, independent front suspension and a three-speed gearbox in place of the four-speed "silent third" gearbox.[3] Post-war models can be distinguished by bonnet-louvre and grille changes.[2]

45,499 examples were produced,[3] including 30,511 in the post-war period.[2]

Australian production[edit]

The Vauxhall 14 J was also produced by General Motors-Holden's in Australia. Commencing in 1939, the 14 was offered in sedan, coupé and roadster body-styles.[5] and as in UK but in a Holden version, a light utility. A 14 sedan was the first civilian car to be produced by GMH in the post-war period, leaving the Fishermans Bend assembly line on 21 May 1946.[5]


  1. ^ Norm Darwin, The History of Holden since 1917, Ford Publications Pty Ltd, 1983, pages 87-89
  2. ^ a b c d Michal Sedgwick & Mark Gillies, Vauxhall J-Fourteen-Six, A-Z of Cars 1945-1970, Haymarket Publishing Ltd, 1994, page 212
  3. ^ a b c Michal Sedgwick & Mark Gillies, Vauxhall J-Fourteen-Six, A-Z of Cars of the 1930s, Haymarket Publishing Ltd, 1993, page 208
  4. ^ "Display advertising, Vauxhall Motors, Ltd". The Times (46573). 12 October 1933. p. 28. 
  5. ^ a b Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, January 2002, pages 130-133