Where it’s still easy to spot ‘Omegas’
Reading Tony Carr’s letter ( CCW, 26 April) reminded me of the Vauxhall Omega V6 CDX we had in the 1990s. It was a great motorway car and we took it down to the south of France a number of times. It is sad that they are now such a rare sight on UK roads, like so many cars of that era.
We have recently returned from a visit to New Zealand and Tony will be pleased to learn that the Holden Commodore, as the Omega is known there, is almost as common as the ubiquitous Toyota Corolla, and most of them are in as-new condition. I spoke to one owner who had the ‘small block’ Chevy V8 5.7-litre engine in his. He said that the only things it didn’t pass were petrol stations!
We also saw a Vauxhall Velox near Wellington which, despite being some 70 years old, was virtually in showroom condition and in regular use.
David Bown, West Haddon, Northamptonshire
Holden Commodore – common in New Zealand.