Opel - Kapitan
The first Kapitän was available in many different body styles, the most popular one being the 4-door saloon. 2-door coupés and cabriolets were also built. The pre-war Kapitän featured a unitary body, a modern feature for its time.


In October 1948 the Kapitän was re-introduced as a large six-cylinder saloon only, based on the 1939 version. The main differences were round headlights as opposed to hexagonal ones. From May 1950 the shifter was relocated from the floor to the steering column. The first post-war Kapitän reached a top speed of 126 km/h (78.3 mph), needed 29 seconds to reach 100 km/h and consumed 13 l/100 km (18 mpg (US)) in the process.

Opel Kapitan-click for a larger picture
Opel Kapitan 1962
Opel Kapitan P2
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The 1951 Kapitän, introduced in March 1951, was a stylistically slightly modernized version of the old model; technically it was much the same. In November 1954 Opel launched a completely new Kapitän that was longer and wider than its predecessor. Carried over was the six-cylinder engine, though its compression ratio was raised to 7.0:1, giving 68 PS (67hp) initially. For 1955, output rose to 71 PS (70 hp) and was further enhanced to 75 PS (74 hp) for 1956. The ´54 featured a revised rear live axle, a rear stabilizing bar and slightly enlarged drum brakes. Model year 1956 saw a mild facelift with a more up-to-date grille, bezeled headlamps, larger front indicator lights and revised side trim. From May 1957 a semi-automatic 3-speed overdrive transmission with an additional fourth gear became available on request.


The 1958 Kapitän (series P1), introduced in June 1958, was both wider and lower than its predecessor, and featured panoramic windows. It was only built for one year. This time, the 2.5 ltr six's output was raised to 80 PS (79 hp). Wheelbase, track widths, length and width were all slightly stretched, while a flatter roof made the car some 6 cm/2.4 in lower.


The P2 Kapitän came to market in August 1958 and while it still had the panoramic windscreen, it gained a new grille and a redone body with a more angular roof and a new rear. It was driven by a stronger new, oversquare 2.6 liter-inline six, still of OHV and pushrod design. Carried over were the 3-speed and 4-speed overdrive transmission; the latter was replaced from December 1960 by a version of GM´s 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic. The P2 climbed to a top speed of 150 km/h (93.2 mph), reached 100 km/h in 16 seconds and consumed 12 l/100 km (19 mpg (US)). From August 1959 to December 1963, Opel built 145.618 units of this Kapitän series.


Source: Wikipedia.
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