And a very happy Christmas to our readers.
Here is a working car, heading the wrong way, from new to neglected. It’s getting tatty and probably won’t have a next owner. These Omegas disappeared quite rapidly after production ceased in 2004. The period reviews had an approving tone, especially with regard to ride quality.
I have reviews of this that put its ride ahead of the Citroen XM which itself generally was much appreciated. And at one point Car considered the XM better than a Rolls-Royce.
More pertinently, this encounter afforded me the chance to reappraise the Omega and note some details. Below, the door forms part of the wheel arch. Cars don’t feature this solution now. Is there a reason? Is it considered unsightly to have a shutline interrupting a wheel-arch cut out?
Note the way the glasshouse flows neatly all the way around from front, to side to rear. The gentle flare at the base of the C-pillar is subtly expressive. And there’s no DLO cheating: the graphics and apertures are in accord. The designers added more curvature to the lower body, distinguishing it from the very rational ’86 Omega.
The door handles are flush. There’s no brightwork: this is still sensible Opel design, after all. However, the door handles have a pointed outline, giving a hint of directionality.
Inside: is that not a vast ashtray? It’s so wide. I may not have seen as large an example in a decade of observations. Note the carpet on the lower door skin.