IDEN­TITY

Performance Vauxhall - - TECH -

Here’s the thing: cars badged as ST200s were pro­duced in such low quan­tity they weren’t ty­peap­proved for reg­is­tra­tion, mean­ing an ST200 doesn’t dis­play its des­ig­na­tion on the ac­com­pa­ny­ing V5 doc­u­ment. In­stead, ST200s are listed as the lesser-po­tent Su­perTour­ing. This is why pay­ing close at­ten­tion to the ve­hi­cle you’re thinking about buy­ing is ab­so­lutely vi­tal.

Gen­uine ST200s have a unique build num­ber etched into a plaque on their ash­trays. Sadly, this is an eas­ily re­mov­able and oftrepli­cated de­tail, so do your home­work and try to trace the car’s his­tory. Given the ST200’s rar­ity, you’d be well ad­vised to speak to model ex­perts and cur­rent own­ers. A quick search on Face­book will re­veal pages and groups ded­i­cated to the sportier Vectra Bs, so sign up and start ask­ing ques­tions. Some­body is bound to know more about the car you’re look­ing at than you do.

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