Vauxhall's isn't the sexiest badge in the company car park, which is a shame. Remember the exciting GTE and Sri variants?

Also, for the time, the Nova and Astra GTE. Oh, and there was the Lotus Carlton and the VX220.

Vauxhall, then, really is a manufacturer of contrasts. So let's look at its mixed bag of often rather wonderful used cars.

Vauxhall Omega

Although large rear-wheel-drive saloons can be bought with all sorts of posh badges, we think that the traffic cops had it right in their big white Senators and Omegas with the blues and twos. It’s a big old barge that's very forgiving and always feels safe. In top trim it is extremely comfortable and the estate is massively practical.

Vauxhall Monaro

Thank heavens for the real men Down Under who created the primeval Monaro, an unapologetic throwback to a simpler age. Vauxhall officially imported (though never type approved) the original 5.7 V8 LS1 model. There was also a limited run of a more powerful VXR version. In 2005 a VXR version with a 6.0 LS2 V8 and uprated suspension arrived.