My first car was a lime green Fiesta. A niche colour on a niche (in here) car. I loved it, everyone loved it. It was fun, beautiful, and really stood out from the boring white and silver crowd. So imagine how popular it was when I tried to trade it in for a new car. Some dealers knocked 30% off the trade-in price. Most dealers flat out wouldn't take it. Same thing on the private market. Ended up selling it to a friend, who just happened to be in the market for a car. Someone else can pick a bright or interesting colour for their enjoyment. I am sticking to the boring colours from now on.
The Opel Kadett/Vauxhall Astra was in the same class as the VW Golf, Peugeot 205 and the European Ford Escort. It was actually a decent car, and the GSi version had a 2.0 DOHC 16V engine with a Cosworth designed head. As an aside, it had always baffled me why GM did not just use the C20XE in the North American market instead off reinventing the wheels with the Quad 4. They were already using the OHC version in the Sunbird at that time, it would probably cost them less to manufacture the new head in NA instead of all the development cost for a brand new engine. And the C20XE was good enough for Caterham to replace the Cosworth BDR with in the Super Seven HPC. Another example: take a rock solid 1986 Acura Legend that everyone raved about, throw some cosmetic tweaks to the body and some wood bits to the interior, and build it in the UK. You got yourself a Sterling 825, a car that literally falls apart after a year.
That's a very good price. I haven't seen the clamshell fender version for a long time, and the cycle fender version retailed for that much a few years back when Tamiya seemed to have made a run of reissue.
They are more like Buick, big expensive sedans for people over 50, just one rung below the President. The commercial version is very different from the consumer version. It uses a posted sedan body style instead of the consumer version's hardtop. At the 1991 model change, the commercial version broke off and remained on the Y31 platform, and is still being produced today. The consumer version progressed to the Y32/33/34 platform until it was replaced by the Fuga in 2004. The Y34 Cedric/Gloria was exported to North America as the Infiniti M.