Looking for a more recent Buick wagon? An anonymous reader sent in this intriguing photoshop of an Opel-badged wagon based on a Buick LeSabre. Just needs some EuroSport badges and red stripes!
As an owner of a ’73 Opel GT, I’m picturing a 1.9 Cam In Head motor under the hood, fuel injected, of course. And in the best tradition of GM, the CIH is given a new name to better reflect the modern, technological age we live in: 1.9 EcoPower or 1.9 Agri-Echo to invoke the aural and vibratory seat of the pants feel of this tough old powerplant!
More likely a 3litre straight6 like the Opel Senator sedan its based on.
“Eurosport”: Nothing says “I’m an poseur” like that label. It should be accompanied by the King Louis song from Disney’s “Jungle Book” (which was itself a very free “riff” on Kipling’s original!).
American auto marketers seem to have no equal for chutzpah, no shame. I can’t imagine “Ami Strassenkreuzer” (German for “Yankee Street Cruiser”) trim packages for European-market cars.
Ford’s marketing of the Granada as a Benz imitation was another embarrassment. How they must’ve sniggered in Stuttgart at such inanity (yes, Germans have a sense of humor).
Yikes, as a photochop the roof is floating away…….
Nice. That Opel logo’s like my avatar. It belongs on electric cars. I wonder about the history behind it.
It’s the Opel “Blitz” (lightning). Refers back to the famous Opel Blitz truck from the thirties.
Interesting. The retro coke-bottle shape works much better on this wagon than on the standard sedan. (I think the Park Avenue would be an even better starting point.)
Not sure why this would be an Opel, though. Big, bold wagons are as American as apple pie.
Don’t see why this could be an Opel, that would have to be a bit less fat American. Ironically, before the Vectra wagon took over and was succeeded by the Insignia wagon (which could easily be rebagded to a Regal wagon), the last of the big Opel wagons was the rather bloated Omega wagon. It doesn’t look too dissimilar from this thing.
Opel Caballero Estate Wagon… i agree, looks great.
Looks like Buick missed an opportunity to sell maybe 200,000 of them over the course of LeSabre of this generation. A Lucerne Might look even nicer.
The floating rear could be shored up a bit, as is it could be a weird design feature for rear camera placement, as well as visibility.
i want to make it a true wood sided Caballero in Red for me though.
It’s the spiritual successor to the 1990s B-Body wagon!
Not as good as a Commodore wagon but not bad for a german car, It aint Opel that build cars that can smoke a M5, only Holden do that.
Actually the ’90-92 Opel Lotus Omega (aka Vauxhall Lotus Carlton) was more powerful than the E34 BMW M5, which made it considerably quicker and with a higher top speed. That was a brief interlude of course, and since ’92 Holden’s been where GM performance sedans are at!
That intersection of curved rear door and rear side window looks like an overgrown 2nd generation Saturn SW2.
I kind of like this. Normally I like my 2005 Impala LS over the LeSabre, but I would take one of these.
Looks like a full size Saturn wagon (even though they never made a full size Saturn vehicle).
GM would have found a way to make it much uglier than that.
I like it, it looks really svelte – although the wheels help a lot.
you have no clues about euro cars 😉 (same as we about american), this could be oversized Omega or Senator in early 90’s, but now Opel line looks more like this crap: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/67/Opel_Insignia_Kombi_front_20090324.jpg/800px-Opel_Insignia_Kombi_front_20090324.jpg
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