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Old 04-09-2005, 11:25 AM   #1
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Cool The Opel Picture Thread!

As long as we're doing picture threads of GM cars, let's throw in their German brand - Opel!

My favorite GM brand, actually!

Here's a 1973 Opel GT to start! Sold here by Buick dealers (?), it was, at the time, GM's only two-seater available in America other than the Chevrolet Corvette.

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I thought that was a type of Gem. No, that's Opal...
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Named for a Swiss town, the Opel Ascona was a mainstay in the lineup of GM's European division. Here's a 1975 model, including pictures of the interior.

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The stylish Opel Manta sport coupe - one of the few Opels that made it to the States!

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Old 09-22-2005, 09:32 PM   #5
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One Opel that did not make it to the States was the topline Senator.



In the eighties and the earlky nineties, when the Senator was in production, buying one was the erquivalent of buying a Cadillac here - the Senator was GM's most prestigious car in Europe!
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A 1976 Opel Kadett coupe - in. . . lime green!

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Old 09-30-2005, 10:27 PM   #7
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The Opel Corsa!



Nice!

ANd to think GM never bothered to make and sell it here as a Chevy!
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A 1976 Opel Kadett coupe - in. . . lime green!


looks like a vega kinda.
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looks like a vega kinda.


It does, now that you mention it. . . but I believe the Kadett was built on a different platform, the same platform that actually spawned the Chevette. But there is that GM family resemblance all around.
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Whenver I see an Opel, I think of this ad.

It's a two-page ad by G.M. (even though the Opel is really a German car).

Lol. Look at the difference... in the Opel text, it mentions things like a 1.1 liter engine (wow ) or 1.9 liter, a 0.1 mile odometer and electric clock.

For the GS, it mentions things real men would be interested in like a 455-cu-in engine, 360 hp and 510 lbs/ft torque and a high-lift cam.

Let's see... I would take the 13-second, 5-6 passenger Buick GS with a big-block V-8 and 360 hp and leave the little 17-second 2 passenger car for the women!
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Whenver I see an Opel, I think of this ad.

It's a two-page ad by G.M. (even though the Opel is really a German car).


Opel is as German as the Pope, but it's also a GM car. GM has owned Opel for decades.

If GM tried to make the kind of cars in Germany that they make in America, they wouldn't make a eurocent. Fuel taxes, a lack of subsidies for gasoline, and a distinctly Old World aversion to anything big on wheels (except for a Rolls or a Benz) ensure that Opel will always make small cars for Europe's small-car market. Of course, some of us Yanks like small cars, so what was wrong with GM selling them here?

(But Buick? Buick? Couldn't Chevrolet have sold them?)
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Opel is as German as the Pope, but it's also a GM car. GM has owned Opel for decades.

If GM tried to make the kind of cars in Germany that they make in America, they wouldn't make a eurocent. Fuel taxes, a lack of subsidies for gasoline, and a distinctly Old World aversion to anything big on wheels (except for a Rolls or a Benz) ensure that Opel will always make small cars for Europe's small-car market. Of course, some of us Yanks like small cars, so what was wrong with GM selling them here?
It's still a German car- German engine, transmission, body, etc.
An Opel is about as G.M. as an Arrow is a "Mopar" or a '72 Capri is a "Ford."

BTW, see the car part in my "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche" Thread.
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The Opel Calibra coupe!



And Pontiac is GM's "excitement" division?

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The Opel Tigra! This one is a 2000 model.
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And Pontiac is GM's "excitement" division?
Yes, Pontiac used to have A LOT of excitement. Which is probably why the ones below are selling today for $20,000 or $30,000 in mint condition...

1968 Pontiac Firebird
Engine/horsepower..... 400/345
0-60 mph.................. 5.5 secs.
1/4 mile.................... 14.1 secs @ 100 mph

1965 Pontiac GTO
Engine/horsepower...... 389/360
0-60 mph................... 5.8 secs.
1/4 mile..................... 14.5 @ 100

1967 Pontiac GTO
Engine/horsepower....... 400/360
0-60 mph.................... 6.1 secs.
1/4 mile...................... 14.5 @ 102

1968 Pontiac GTO
Engine/hp.................... 428/390
0-60 mph..................... 5.2 secs.
1/4 mile....................... 13.8 @ 104

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
Engine/horsepower......... 400/366
0-60 mph...................... 5.4 secs
1/4 mile........................ 13.85 @ 103

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ
Engine/horsepower.......... 428/390
0-60 mph....................... 7.0 secs.
1/4 mile......................... 14.30 @ 97

1970 Pontiac GTO
Engine/hp....................... 455/370
1/4 mile.......................... 13.9 @ 99
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