The UK car scene is nothing if not diverse, as this highly unusual Signum demonstrates…
Not the most obvious choice for a project, but this Signum’s fantastic.
Some cars are easy to modify, at least to a certain extent, with the VW scene being a great example; cars like the Mk4 Golf are very much part of the very fabric of the UK’s car tuning community, and for good reason. That means that key parts like coilovers, wheels and induction kits are ten a penny and simple to get. With a couple of clicks of a mouse they appear at your front door, ready to be bolted in place. Of course at the other end of the scale you have all manner of left-field choices, cars that through no fault of their own have never exactly been embraced by the modified car world. The Vauxhall Signum fits the bill and probably ranks as one of the stranger candidates for a full blown project car.
Quite what Vauxhall were thinking when they rubber stamped this odd executive estate isn’t known, but it’s fair to say that they weren’t massively popular when new, and modified examples are few and far between!
Evidently none of this came close to putting Satbir Sangha off, as over the last three years he’s transformed a rather hum-drum Signum into something that’s not only unique, but is also really rather cool. Satbir’s been involved with Vauxhalls for years and long time readers may recall his stunningly well turned out silver Vectra C, complete with comically low ride height and Bentley alloys.
“I’ve always loved the look of the Vectra C and fancied a VXR model. The insurance was something like £8000 at the time though, whereas it was just a few hundred for this Signum – cheaper than my diesel Vectra!”
Now it’s here that we should probably pause to highlight the fact that the engine in Satbir’s Signum is basically a slightly de-tuned version of the 2.8 turbocharged V6 in the VXR, so he’d effectively found a way of getting VXR power for naff all money – clever thinking, no? It helped that the Signum he bought back in 2011 had led something of a charmed life, with one owner from new and just 30,000 miles on the clock – the perfect base for a project in other words.
Satbir set about the project in an impressively logical manner; the first show season reserved for finalising the look of the car, the second making sure that V6 was chucking out a suitably hefty power figure, and, most recently of all, perfecting the boot install. One of the advantages to having built such a cool Vectra became clear early on, with the Bentley wheels and spacers being simply switched over along with some coilovers, and Satbir found himself with a suitably stunning looking Signum
“There’s at least £2k worth of it in the boot alone… I’ve got all the Simpsons, Toy Story, Marvel and DC characters Lego make”
within hours of getting his name on the V5.
The upper reaches of the Vauxhall range were plundered for parts and the Signum soon found itself wearing the front bumper, side skirts, front brakes and grilles from a Vectra VXR, plus Focus RS bonnet vents, a VXR styling pack rear spoiler and all manner of colour coded trims. These changes, along with the seriously low ride height, black roof and funky Bentley Continental wheels, have utterly transformed the look of the car, and it’s now a very purposeful machine indeed.
It’s the sheer level of attention to detail that really sets Satbir’s Signum apart though, and the car is littered with clever, humorous touches, with that boot build being a case
VXr styling additions have made their way onto the Signum