Unveiled in 1968 the Chrysalis Cresta entered the battle of new subcompact cars - like the Toyota Corolla, Ford Escort, Datsun Sunny and similar models. The Cresta had a modern FWD layout although to keep the price down the rear suspension was a simple solid axle with coil springs.
The car was relatively light, around 850kg - depending on trim level. Power came from a 1600cc four, making 75HP in standard, and 90HP in sporty GT trim.
1968 Chrysalis Cresta 1600
1968 Chrysalis Cresta 1600 GT Coupé
1977 Chrysalis Cresta Turbo
The final version of the Cresta, three prototypes built. Chrysalis engineers experimented with turbocharging the old 1.6 liter engine of the Cresta. The plan was to enter the Cresta Turbo to the World Rally Championship.
Power reached 193HP, but the car’s handling become nervous due to the enermous turbo lag, and because of the unchanged solid axle rear suspension. Gearbox failures were frequent during the testing process. After a short series of test runs Chrysalis shut down the Cresta Turbo rally program.
Top speed was 210km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100km/h was well under 8 secs.