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  Vauxhall Carlton MkII  

Opel chose to name its 1986 replacement car in this segment Omega rather than Rekord. Vauxhall stayed with the Carlton name. On its launch in November 1986 the Vauxhall Carlton / Opel Omega saloon and estate range won European Car of the Year. The MkII Carlton remained in production until 1994 when it was replaced by the Vauxhall Omega.

In 1990, Vauxhall launched a high performance 377 bhp Lotus Carlton in collaboration with Lotus Cars. (An Opel version was also produced as the Lotus Omega.) It was built with a 3615 cc six-cylinder twin-turbo engine capable of over 176 mph, making it officially  the fastest full four-seater that had ever been made at the time. It cost 48,000 well over double the price of a standard Carlton. As a result, Vauxhall's original plans to sell about 1,000 in the UK ended in 440 UK cars being sold.

Prior to the Lotus tuned version, the range topper was the GSi 3000 upon which the Lotus Carlton was based. At launch in 1986 it had 177 bhp giving it a top speed of 134 mph. In 1990, power was increased by going from two valves per cylinder to four, creating a 24-valve engine, resulting in 204 bhp which gave a 0-62 mph time of 7.6 seconds and increased the top speed to 149 mph. It was also available with an Automatic gearbox, which reduced the top speed to 146 mph and increased the 062 mph time to 8.6 seconds. The Carlton Diamond 3.0 24v Estate was also made. Identical to the GSI but with an estate body shell, it sold in much more limited numbers (90) and so is a much rarer sight.

By February 2016, just 468 examples of the Carlton were still on Britain's roads, with most remaining examples believed to be the high performance 3000 GSi and Lotus versions of the MK2 model.

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Vanguards VA14000; Vauxhall Carlton MkII 2.0 CDX, Smoke Grey Vanguards VA14001; Vauxhall Carlton MkII 2.6 L; South Wales Police Vanguards VA14002A; Vauxhall Carlton MkII 3000 GSi, Carmine Red Vanguards VA14002B; Opel Omega A 3000 GSi; Karminrot; LHD Germany Vanguards VA14003; Vauxhall Carlton MkII Lotus, Imperial Green, Vauxhall Heritage Centre
Vanguards VA14004A; Vauxhall Carlton MkII 3000 GSi, Starmist Black, RHD UK Still Looking Vanguards VA14005; 1987 Vauxhall Carlton 2.6 Li; West Mercia Constabulary    
Vanguards VA14004A; Vauxhall Carlton MkII 3000 GSi, Starmist Black, RHD UK Vanguards VA14004B; Opel Omega A 3000 GSi; Schwarz Starmist Vanguards VA14005; Vauxhall Carlton MkII 2.6 Li; West Mercia Constabulary    

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Last Edit: 08/01/2023   Page Added 08/01/2023