1949 Vauxhall Wyvern LBX


The Vauxhall Wyvern is a medium-sized family car introduced by Vauxhall in 1948 as a successor to the Vauxhall 12. The name comes from the mythical beast the wyvern, and may be due to a misidentification of the heraldic griffin on the Vauxhall badge.

The L-series Vauxhall Wyvern, along with the Velox, were Vauxhall’s first new post-war models. Incorporating American influence, the Wyvern started production in September 1948 and finished in July 1951. Many of them were exported to help the British economy. The car was fitted with a 1,442 cc (88.0 cu in) four-cylinder engine, generating 35 bhp (26 kW), with a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h). The optional extras available were a radio, heater and foglight. The model is a forgotten classic, with very few surviving. Due to its American styling, the Wyvern resembled a “miniaturized” Chevrolet Fleetline.

Australian vehicles carried the model code LBX.

General Motors Holden produced Vauxhall Wyvern models in Australia from 1938 to 1957. Although the external appearance was very like that of the British cars, which featured unitary constructionconstruction, some of Australian Vauxhalls retained a separate chassis frame. As well as countering prejudice against using “chassisless” vehicles on outback roads, the separate box girder chassis provided either an open tourer body or a utility body. The new post-war Holden car was “chassisless”, so the Vauxhall gave GMH customers the option of a ute or a convertible with a chassis.

The L Series Wyvern was produced from 1948 to 1951. It was offered with an Australian developed sedan body, an Australian “Caleche” tourer body, both with a box girder chassis, or with the unitary construction English saloon body. Besides having a separate chassis the Australian sedan differed from its English counterpart in having a longer passenger cabin, a more rounded boot and an additional side window behind the rear doors.


A beautifully restored Australian General Motors Holden bodied Vauxhall Wyvern LBX.

Fully restored about 6-7 years ago the Vauxhall presents and drives very well.

Painted in a Grey colour with contrasting brown interior, and with grey fleck hood lining.

It starts first time and drives beautifully. The 3-speed column shift gearbox works well and is a bonus as you can comfortably seat 6 people in the car.

A brilliant car to enjoy on Sunday outings and on club runs.

We are extremely proud to offer this car through The Collectable Auction House.

Please contact us to arrange an inspection – you will not be disappointed!

Car is sold unregistered as it is currently on Historic registration which is not transferrable. It has been previously fully registered in NSW.