Car Show Outtakes: Autotron April 2018 – The Classic Opels

Olympia, Manta, Admiral, Commodore, Ascona, Kadett and Senator. Those are some famous and long-running Opel models of yore, which were all present at the April 2018 edition of the Autotron classic car show, covering a time frame from 1952 to 1987. Unsurprisingly the focus is on the seventies; without any doubt that was the automaker’s peak-decade.

Starting with the oldest, a 1952 Opel Olympia 2-door sedan, powered by a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder.

This model was built from 1950 to 1953, yet technically it was still fully based on the pre-war Olympia. The model name dates back to 1935.

1971 Opel Manta (1970-1975 A-series).

The Manta was Opel’s answer to the Ford Capri.

These lights match with the car’s paint color quite well.

This is clearly not a Stingray.

1974 Opel Admiral (1969-1977 B-series of the Kapitän-Admiral-Diplomat), a genuine Opel Autobahn cruiser.

All Admirals were powered by a 2.8 liter inline-6 engine. It was offered with a single Zenith carb, dual Zenith carbs or with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection.

1975 Opel Commodore Coupé Automatic (1972-1977 B-series).

This generation of the Commodore (also available as a 4-door sedan) was an upgraded Opel Rekord D-series with an inline-6 engine, either with 2.5 or 2.8 liter displacement.

The absolute top model of this series was the 2.8 GS/E. The letter E for Einspritzung, (fuel) injection.

1975 Opel Ascona 2-door sedan (1970-1975 A-series).

Get yourself a used Opel Ascona, preferably a 2-door, add fat wheels and some extra lights at the front and the end result was an affordable young guy’s sports sedan. Especially when living in the more rural areas. The same applies to the next generation Ascona B.

Never mind the real-life power output. The one above has a 60 hp 1.2 liter, to put things into perspective. And yet it has a certain -and desired- attitude.

1978 Opel Kadett Coupé (1973-1979 C-series). This was the last RWD Kadett generation, in 1979 it was replaced by the much more up-to-date FWD Kadett D.

1986 Opel Ascona 1.6 S (1981-1988 C-series, GM’s German J-Car).

The first FWD Ascona, and also the last Opel that carried the Ascona name. This one here is an all-original survivor, a downright automotive miracle an sich.

Opel’s young gun at the event, a 1987 Opel Senator CD (1987-1993 B-series, based on the Opel Omega A-series). As far as I’m concerned this is the last true Big Opel.

Under its hood Opel’s C30LE 3.0 liter inline-6 engine with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, good for 156 DIN-hp.

To the old members of GM’s former Euro-division, I salute you.

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