CAR magazine’s ‘Performance Car of the Year’ in 2003. Says it all really!!!

Built at Lotus Cars’ Hethel factory, the targa-top sports car shared the same approach to lightweight performance and very similar design cues from the Lotus Elise. Tipping the scales at just 930kg, the VX220 could sprint from 0-60mph in less than 5.6 seconds. The handling was sublime as these were rigorously tested around Lotus’s very own test track at Hethel.

This Vauxhall VX220 is a low-mileage and well-maintained example. Mounted under the engine lid is a 148bhp 2.2-litre naturally aspirated engine, driving the rear wheels through to a five-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows just 48,503 miles from new.

The Vauxhall VX220 is too extreme to be a daily driver. It’s natural competitor is the car that shares its chassis, the Lotus Elise. Unlike most Elise’s, the VX comes with anti-lock brakes and a driver's airbag as standard. The VX's light weight means there's lag to worry about when you plant your right foot. Instead, there's just instant power coupled to brilliant handling.

There's no power-assisted steering, but the VX doesn't need it, even at parking speeds. The five-speed gearbox used is precise and keeps the engines singing pushing out the power in all gears

Getting in and out is a supreme skill though, The only word of caution is that if you are over 6ft or like a pork pie a little too often you may struggle. Stopping for fuel can be a video camera moment for the you tube generation.

This car was first registered in July 2006, and there are 5 previous registered keepers on the log book. 

The bodywork presents in good order, with no evidence of any accident damage, and with no cracks in the composite panels. Its Silver pearlescent paint is believed to be the original factory finish. There are a few small stone chip on the rear panel behind the drivers door. It remains in stock specification, including the 17-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels, which are free of kerbing marks. The car has Carbon wraps on the bonnet ,roof and rear engine cover. These look in good condition and have been done really professionally. We cannot guarantee the condition of the paintwork underneath this but we have no reason to believe it is anything other than original as there are no signs of blistering at all.

In the cabin, the seats are upholstered of black leather and fabric bolster covers, which shows signs of use but minimal wear, commensurate with the low mileage. The other interior trims present well, including the exposed metal elements and the knurled control knobs for the heating and ventilation.

This VX220 was most recently serviced by Gilesgate Autocar in Hexham where no expense was spared. In the last few years the car has had new radiator, new brakes, disks, brake hoses, etc along with all of the other routine maintenance during his ownership.

2004 @ 3,310

2005 @ 5,116

2006 @ 7,201

2008 @14,828

2010 @ 27,631

2011 @ 33,807

2012 @ 36,274

2014 @ 40,057

2015 @ 40,186

2016 @ 42,260

2017 @ 44,471

2018 @ 46,714

The car will come with a fresh MOT for sale and all of the previous MOT’s can be found online.

Accompanying the car are all of the original books, including the maintenance record, plus some additional service history in the form of invoices and receipts.

This Vauxhall VX220 is a superb example of a hidden gem among affordable sports cars. Lauded in period as a terrific driver’s car, it is often wrongly overlooked by those who care too much about what badge adorns the bonnet. The VX220 is undoubtedly a modern classic, and the car is sure to delight its next owner with a remarkably well-balanced driving experience.

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