Roshake 77 found what is becoming undoubtedly more scarce in Europe too: an Opel Ascona C, which was of course Opel’s version of the GM J-Car, best known here as the Cavalier and its many clones. It was hardly an exciting or brilliant car, but the Ascona C was never tainted by the brush of mediocrity as much as its American relatives. A bit more attention to detail, a smoother OHC engine, and a different competitive environment all played into that.
That’s not to say there wasn’t plenty of disdain for what came to be seen as a rather dull and boring car, given its typical role as a low-end sedan. Even in Europe, the J-car couldn’t quite escape that reality.