2003 Vauxhall VX220

Roadster
RM Sotheby's London 2021
Saturday, 6 November
£20,125 ($27,151)
Sale Price
£20,000 - £30,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
6 November 2021
Sold Date
109
Lot Number
#2-
Original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. W0L0EBR973N007471. Red over black leather. RHD. 2.0/197hp GM Z20LET turbo four, alloy wheels, Blaupunkt CD player.

Evaluation: From The Cayman Island Motor Museum Collection. No mileage figure represented, but it has great paint with no chips at all. The engine looks freshly detailed. The interior is holding up well with only minor dust in the corners. A good showing from a genuine, driver-focused modern sports car.

Bottom Line: And genuine, driver-focused modern sports are in high demand right now. Nevertheless, this was a more straightforward, unsurprising result at the low end of the car’s estimate range. The Vauxhall VX220 (sold as the Opel Speedster in Europe) was developed in partnership with GM and Lotus Cars, and combines the brilliant bonded aluminum chassis from the Series 2 Elise with a GM drivetrain. The Lotus is better-looking and has a more premium badge, but even if it is just a Vauxhall, 200 bhp and a proper manual gearbox in a car weighing 930 kg (2050 lb) is a lot of fun for the money at this price.

by Andrew Newton
18 November 2021
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