I like them but not incredibly so. They were the Opel/Vauxhall answer to that 1980s abomination; the Cossie which in itself is rightly celebrated but thankfully not for the 3rd hand owners it often attracted.
The Carlton never suffered this affliction which is why it seems to be remembered for what it was and not those who used them.
Yes, dashboards have certainly evolved but they chunky switches were so to suggest equipment and opulence. Today's bling is having everything lighting up in whatever striking elemental colour and chintzy chrome everywhere.
I have only ever seen one on the road so even though it had a lowly Vauxhall badge, it was still quite exclusive and more so than the 4 wheeled oxymoron; the Manta Exclusive.
I don't think the badge stops it being sub-zero. If anything, not being hampered by a Bavarian roundel makes it more appealing. Indeed, a German badge would probably consign it to the uncool bin. I also think that it was probably owned only by dedicated fans and not shallow fashionistas. This car should be sub-zero in the same way the fastest estate of the day, a Volvo 850R should be sub-zero.
For me, it is the police affiliation which kills it and the Lotus Carlton is only cool instead.
Last edited by Fruity; 17-12-18 at 19:37.