Where it’s still easy to spot ‘Omegas’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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