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A Vauxhall VX220 Lightning Yellow with 10,427 miles and annual Vauxhall history.
Composite bodyshell, extruded anodised aluminium epoxy-bonded chassis, strong perimeter frame with deep side members, integral roll-over bar, driver’s airbag, removable black soft top with stowage bag, seatbelt pretensioners, adjustable lumber support, high-level centre brake, LCD multi-function display, instrument dimmer, gear shift-up light, aluminium starter button, air-blend heater, cigar lighter, storage pockets, drink holder, Momo leather steering wheel. VX220 Lightning Yellow Edition features; Exclusive yellow paintwork with matching hardtop, black windscreen surround, unique anthracite five-spoke alloys wheels, lightweight sports seats in Black Scottish leather, VDO Dayton CD3200 Stereo/CD player, individually numbered limited edition facia plaque, floor mats with VX220 motif. Dealer options; Vauxhall Service Plan.
A truly stunning design with a lean, purposeful and aggressive look with hard edges. These features are accentuated due to the vibrant original Lightning Yellow paintwork, (Code 4LU). The vehicle presents impeccably thanks to the incredibly low 10,427 miles covered and garaged storage. Some carefully touched in frontal stone chips are visible upon close scrutiny. Both the Lightning Yellow hardtop and black soft-top are pristine and each complete with original storage bags. The aero-dynamic aiding flat underside and wheel arch apertures are immaculate and red epoxy resin used to bond the aluminium at factory is still bright. The V.I.N. stamped in the chassis to the offside front wheel arch area is clearly visible and even fragile jack point labels have survived intact, long lost on most examples! One for the discerning enthusiast or collector.
The VX220 cockpit is developed to assist the driver in every way from the supportive sports seats finished in Black Scottish leather, (Code XXLS), to the Momo leather steering wheel to offer superb grip and feel. The wide inner-sills are in remarkable condition having escaped the usual entry/exit damage and there is a small wear area to the drivers bolster. All controls and gauges work impeccably and the original VX220 carpet mats remain in superb order. All exposed aluminium and accessories such as window winders, gear lever and drilled pedals are bright. The original Vauxhall supplying dealer rear screen sticker remains fitted as does the factory labels in door apertures and numbered plaque on the dashboard confirming this as car 57/100. Sparse and free from too many creature comforts, everything a focused sports car should be!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A mid-mounted engine means perfectly balanced weight distribution and thumping acceleration is guaranteed from this 2.2i 16v Ecotec-4 engine. With 145bhp, 0-60mph is despatched in 5.6 seconds and a maximum speed of 135mph is quoted. Impeccable Vauxhall Main Dealer service history with all servicing totally up to date ensures this VX220 performs seamlessly. The spotlessly clean engine bay and front compartment reveal pampered use only. The five-speed close ratio Getrag gearbox with short throw is precise. This really is the ultimate driving experience.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Unique to the Lightning Yellow Edition are 17in Anthracite five-spoke alloys wheels which are stunning and are shod in premium Bridgestone Potenza retaining original sizing to the front 175/55 R17 and rear 225/45 R17 with masses of tread retaining. The braking system incorporates AP Racing front and Brembo rear callipers with 288mm ventilated discs which offer optimum braking power.
Rarely does a VX220 come to market in such treasured condition, even rarer in limited Lightning Yellow edition. Number 57/100 was purchased new from Stevens Vauxhall of Crawley and registered on the 8th June 2002. The previous owner purchased the car in 2005 with just one former keeper prior, and the car has covered a fully warranted 10,427 miles with full Vauxhall Main Dealer service history. There are 20 Vauxhall Main Dealer stamped entries in the original service book, the most recent in August 2022 with less than 500 miles covered since. The previous long-term owner has been ultra-fastidious in his approach to care and maintenance to the extent whereby he kept taking out Vauxhall service plans to ensure servicing was carried out exact to the schedule. The colossal history file illustrates just how meticulous the servicing has been throughout the car’s life. Beautifully presented in chronological order with every service invoice and condition report from Vauxhall as well as all MOT certifictes dating back to the first in 2005. Completing the history file is the hardtop removal instructions with tools and blanking trim as well as both sets of keys with dealer fobs and an original Vauxhall VX220 Lightning Yellow brochure.
Highly collectable, such a prime example is rarely available.
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