Vauxhall Omega - Ooops wrong colour!

Brian Homans

1999 Vauxhall Omega with gold markings instead of yellow (front)
1999 Vauxhall Omega with gold markings instead of yellow (rear)

When the Home Office recommended the new ‘battenburg’ marking for traffic patrol cars in the main blocks of colour were meant to be blue and yellow.
When one car was being equipped, there was an error somewhere along the line in the code number for the yellow reflective sheeting, and gold turned up instead.
Having got it, a decision was taken to use it, so we had a car with non-standard markings. There may have been a second one, but this is the only one I know about for certain and I was able to photograph it. Another possible unique vehicle.

This page was added on 19/02/2020.

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  • That is of course a valid comment, but in our case when the ‘correct’ yellow was applied to other cars they did not look like this one!

    By Brian Homans (12/06/2021)
  • I’m working on a police car model currently using real reflective vinyl and ‘yellow’ reflective vinyl actually is a sort of gold colour, it shines yellow under lighting. It’s ‘Lemon Yellow’ that has the more characteristic yellow look we’re used to seeing so maybe that was the issue?

    By PC Stamp (11/06/2021)