‘Vauxhall’ is a name you may associate with worthy cars that sensible people drive. And you’d largely be right to do so.
But in the early 2000s, Vauxhall went a bit mad. It joined forces with Lotus, and using the Elise as a base, released the VX220.
It was shared with GM’s other companies – and badged as an Opel and a Daewoo in other markets – but all of them rolled off the same Norfolk production line as the Elise. That’s despite the Vauxhall (or Opel, or Daewoo…) sharing only around ten per cent of its parts with the Lotus.
What they do share, though, is their core: an extruded aluminium chassis. And with prices starting at £6,000, the less glamorously badged VX220 is the more attainable of the pair. Read on to see if you should be reaching for your wallet or not…
Pictures: Simon Thompson