The story of Opel GT began at the 1965 IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show, where the company presented a two-seat sports car. The first Opel GT rolled off the assembly line in 1968, an early example of Franco-German cooperation. Thanks to previous joint projects, the coachbuilder Chausson and Brissoneau & Lotz was a proven partner […]
Opel Kadett B replaced its successful predecessor, the Opel Kadett A, in 1965. The successor to the first post-war Kadett was 18 centimeters longer, exceeding four meters in length and was available in three body versions right from market launch: as a two or four-door sedan, of course again as a CarAvan station wagon and as a chic coupé.
Opel Vectra arrived in 1988 to replace the successful Ascona, which was introduced in 1970 and had evolved through three model generations. Everything about Vectra was new. Only Ascona’s front-wheel drive layout and size was carried over, while space was dramatically increased.
The Vauxhall Astra GTE mk1 marked Vauxhall’s first foray in to the relatively new ‘hot hatch’ segment, which had been dominated by the Golf GTI since the late Seventies. Based on the 1980 Astra Mk1, Vauxhall Astra GTE was powered by fuel injected, naturally aspirated 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 115 bhp.
Opel Calibra premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in 1989. Opel Calibra united exciting design with optimized aerodynamics and uncompromised everyday practicality. The wide-opening tailgate gave easy access to a versatile, 980-liter luggage compartment.
Like all cars built at the dawn of the automobile age, the Opel Patent Motor Car followed traditional carriage design principles and had a body without an integral roof. It was based on Lutzmann’s previously built Arrow models, yet also boasted several innovations. Opel redesigned the chain-controlled steering and designed a deeper chassis frame with strong longitudinal cross members to increase stability and lower the center of gravity of the 520 kg car.