Opel - Rekord
The Opel Olympia Rekord was introduced in March 1953 as successor to the Opel Olympia, a pre-war design dating back to 1935 and was built until 1957 in four different versions. The P I had a slightly larger, more modern body with wraparound windscreen and backlight and remained in production until 1960. A semi-automatic gearbox ("Olymat") became available for model year 1959. The Rekord P II grew again in size, if not in wheelbase, and received a totally new body that did away with wraparound windows. It was available in several body versions: 2-door and 4-door saloon, a 3-door estate ("Caravan") plus delivery van, a pick-up, and a convertible. From August 1961 on, a works coupé became available, and in June 1962 a more luxurious L version was added with a new top engine of 1,700 cc "S" and a higher compression ratio.
Opel Rekord 1970
Opel Rekord 1967
Opel Rekord C
Forsten b. Munich
Holland - the Netherlands
Opel Rekord 1963
South Holland (Zuid-Holland)
The Rekord A line-up was a repeat of the Rekord P II (two and four door saloon, two-door estate and delivery van, two-door coupé with 1,500 or 1,700 or 1,700 S engines), but the bodies were completely new and the wheelbase stretched to 103.3 inches. March 1964 saw the introduction of the Rekord L-6 with the Opel Kapitän's 2.6 litre inline-six.
While the Rekord B consisted of only a mild facelift compared to the A, it received Opel's new, more oversquare four cylinder CIH (cam in head) engines (1,500, 1,700 S, 1,900 S). The CIH engines were used in all subsequent Rekord generations until 1986, when Rekord was replaced by Omega. The 2,600 cc six-cylinder engine remained unchanged. The line-up was identical to the Rekord A.
With 1,276,681 units built, the Rekord C was the most successful Rekord so far. The car proved to be a solid hit with the public: it was reliable, roomy and pleasant to look at with its swoopy coke-bottle line. The line consisted of the two and four door saloon, two and (new) four door estate, delivery van, and two door hardtop coupé with 1,500, 1,700, 1,700 S, 1,900 S fours or (until 1968) a 2,200 six. Very short-lived (1967 only) was a special taxi version on a longer wheelbase (113 inch) with division, that sold for DM 9,950; with it, Opel tried to get a foothold in the German taxi market, then (as now) dominated by Mercedes-Benz.
A variation on the Rekord C was the Rekord Sprint coupé (196771) with driving lights, sport steel wheels, sport stripes and a sporty interior; the Sprint received exclusively the so-called 1,900 H engine with two double-barrel carburettors, good for 106 hp (DIN) and 108 mph.