I find great pleasure in looking at rare cars which were once common sights on the road. This morning I was following a Mk3 Cavalier (a post-facelift LS model, since you ask), which particularly caught my eye because I used to own one.

Overcome by a sense of nostalgia, as I frequently do when eyeballing cars I used to own, I noticed that it has an enormous glasshouse. That’s not something I had particularly considered when I had my Cavalier 15 years ago.

The glass seems to start low in the doors, and stretches up high. The pillars are wonderfully thin too. 

Later I pulled up next to a Range Rover Evoque. As far as radical styling goes, it kicks the old Vauxhall into the weeds. It is, by any measure, a striking car.

But, as visibility goes, it is the polar opposite of the Cavalier, with thin side window lines, a tiny rear screen and vast, thick A-pillars.

The Evoque isn’t alone in the latter regard. Cars as varied as the Bentley Continental GT and Seat Leon stick in my mind for having A-pillars thick enough to lose cyclists – and even entire cars – in. Cars with split A-pillars are worse still. Not only is there a pair on each side to obscure vision, but they’re usually more than twice as thick as a single pillar.