Yesterday afternoon, on I-287 in NJ, I was passed by a very fast-moving car with a very loud exhaust. I thought that the logo looked vaguely familiar, so I caught up to the car and it turned-out to be a late-model Vauxhall–a make that has not officially been imported into The US since (I think) the 1960s.
By perusing Vauxhall’s website, I was able to figure-out that it was their Insignia model, which–I assume–is just a variant of an Opel model. The one remaining thing that I’m trying to figure out is how the owner of this car managed to get it configured properly for US safety and emissions regulations. I don’t believe that a buyer can order “US specifications” on a car that is not normally sold in The US, and–unlike exotic makes–this Vauxhall sedan is not worth enough for an owner to pay an aftermarket outfitter the big bucks necessary to convert it to US specs.
Anyway…this is what I saw yesterday on the highway: