probably my base spec Vauxhall carlton. Of 92 vintage.
Carlton LD. The base of base, with a tractor engine derived from the Cam in Head petrol. Its still got electric windows, central locking and power steering..... but nothing more. The L didnt even come with a radio aerial. Infact, its in the windscreen. Which is good in a way, as the rest of the up spec models have the big old shitty aeriel on the rear wing which people like to bend when they walk past.
Whats even worse is when you read vauxhalls figures of performance from the diesel.
Petrol 2.0 8v gets 50mpg on a run, the diesel 2.3td gets 52mpg........ Epic savings right there. But, I guess when this car came out fuel prices were a lot cheaper.
Ive had to fit mine with Diplomat alloys to get rid of the full poverty spec look.
In 1993 the company I worked for had a bit of a push to get user choosers into diesels. The plan was to encourage them by giving them the next trim leve, up to what they should have , for going diesel. So a grade 10 manager could have a GL Cavalier 1.7Td instead of a 1.6L etc.
To this end Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Rover etc all delivered examples of their Diesel range for a couple of weeks evaluation. To encourage people to actually drive them, everyone that tried a diesel round a test route we devised .got put into a draw for a month's use of an XM 2.1 SEd auto, which we considered the best diesel available at that point.
Anyway, a couple of days in I took the Carlton 2.3 home and discovered it was a proper old school diesel, next day I got the Fleet manager to try it. He got as far as the car park gates, turned round and said" For fucks sake keep those keys in your pocket, if we let anyone drive that it'll undo everything we're trying to do!"
I used it a few times and did in the end find as long as I never backed off, it could be made to move, but a tiny bit of oversteer would scrub off any momentum you'd managed to build up.