Vauxhall Astra GSI Mk3
Many a young motoring enthusiast longed for a car with a ‘16V’ sticker on the back, and the 16V under the nose of the rather handsome Mk3 Astra was a good ‘un. The ‘red top’ C20 XE 2.0-litre (so-called because it literally had a red cam cover) was a cracking engine, good for 150bhp or thereabouts.
In this, it’d do 0-62mph in around nine and a half seconds. Glacially slow by today’s standards, and possibly even slow back then, it wasn’t actually half bad. Super rare today, too.