Last Sunday I decided to book a last minute travel to the 2018 Opel Blitz Treffen, held on June 15, 16 and 17. Circa 40 minutes later I arrived at the scene, a camping site in the southeast of the Netherlands. A treffen is a gathering, a place where people meet. Usually to let the good times roll.
Frankly, I was a bit too late to the party, as many Blitz owners had already left or were getting ready to leave. Especially the ones from Germany, many of them had a long road trip ahead in their old vehicle. Never mind, plenty of classic Opels were still present to pose for a photo shoot.
From 1930 to 1975 the Blitz represented a whole range of light and medium duty truck chassis of the Opel brand. Essentially any body was possible, from a flatbed truck to a panel van and from a fire truck to a bus. Four generations were offered during said time frame. Only the fourth and last 1965-1975 generation was available with a diesel, a 2.1 liter Peugeot engine, which was optional from 1968 onwards.
The second generation, built from 1952 to 1960, is the best looking Blitz in my book. This generation was powered by a 2.5 liter inline-six engine with a maximum power output of 58 DIN-hp. Pictured a 1953 flatbed truck.
1951 flatbed truck with tall dropsides, first Blitz generation.
Mr. Janssen from Oploo uses this fourth gen 1972 Blitz for transporting oldtimers. Those are old vehicles, not elderly men.
1957 flatbed truck with dropsides.
This 1974 Blitz got a motorhome conversion at some point. My first thought is that it originally was a security truck for transporting valuables.
1956 flatbed truck with dropsides and a truck bed canopy.
Simply wonderful, this 1959 flatbed truck with dropsides, towing a more recent Chateau travel trailer.
1952 fire truck.
The sun visor, wheel covers and front fog lamps are all period correct items on this 1974 Blitz truck.
Another beauty, a 1959 flatbed truck with dropsides and a truck bed canopy. The tailgate ladder was never a factory- or dealer option.
Naturally Opel also built commercial vehicles prior to 1930, like this 1927 Opel 10/40 delivery truck with a payload capacity of 1.5 metric tons.
The Westerhorstmann bakery from Düsseldorf was founded in 1905.
This 1975 Blitz has a certain Don’t Mess With Me-attitude.
1970 car transporter.
1956 former fire truck, now a motorhome.
The event’s highlight, in my opinion, was a 1955 dump truck.
A multi-purpose vehicle for sure, since the dump bed has dropsides. Very common on dump trucks of yore, regardless the segment.
It just won’t get more basic than this.
In the center the differential, the standard transmission was a four-speed manual.
ADA, the Adolf Autor Kipperfabrik from Aachen, converted flatbed trucks into manually operated dump trucks.
A truly outstanding 1939 Opel Blitz coach.
A mobile banking center, based on a 1967 Blitz.
Heading back to Germany, a fourth gen Opel Blitz Pritsche mit Plane. That’s a flatbed truck with a canopy.
Other classic Opels showed up as well, like this Kadett B two-door sedan. Trim level L Super, with an automatic transmission.
1961 Opel Kapitän.
1959 Opel Kapitän.
More than 30 years after the introduction of the first gen Opel Blitz, the automaker’s famous Blitz (lightning) logo was launched.
Opel’s current commercial vehicles are either Fiat based (Opel Combo) or Renault based (Opel Vivaro and Movano). Oh well, at least there’s a Blitz on the grille.