SIGNUM

The UK car scene is noth­ing if not di­verse, as this highly un­usual Signum demon­strates…

Performance Vauxhall - - CONTENTS - WORDS Jarkle PHO­TOS Chris Wall­bank

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.

IN­SUR­ANCE JOB

“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.

SWITCHED ON

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

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