This is where identifying a genuine ST200 can be tricky due to trim not much being different from the standard Vectra B SRi. Nevertheless, you should keep ‘em peeled for ST200-specific equipment. For example, SRi-spec seats were replaced with bespoke electric front Recaros and a matching rear bench. Some ST200s also featured door cards trimmed to match the ‘90s-tastic Recaro upholstery. Similar in design to the seats found populating the cockpit of a Vectra B GSi, ST200 bum-huggers feature enlarged shoulder supports.
The steering wheel, gear knob and dash trim are carbon-effect, as is the commemorative plaque on the ashtray displaying the car’s unique build number. These additions aside, it’s very much regular SRi fayre inside an ST200, which means electric windows, multi-function trip computer, airconditioning, a CD player and steering wheel controls for the audio system. Nice.
Fit and finish is of a high standard. The dash is well laid out, although anyone familiar with the interior of an Omega will feel hard done by thanks to the Vectra’s cabin controls feeling like a squished version of what’s found inside the large barge. If you find time hasn’t been kind to the seats in the car you’re evaluating, quality re-trimming and repair at reasonable cost can be secured through automotive upholstery specialist, Awesome ( awesome.eu.com).
Check to make sure all creature comforts and warning lights work, especially the engine management and ABS lights, which should illuminate on start-up before extinguishing after a couple of seconds. Dash bulbs are prone to failure over time, which is why so many owners opt to replace stock cabin lighting with LEDs.