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Old 26-03-2020, 00:42   #1
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Lightbulb A bit of information about Opel Cars in the UK for petrolheads

Back in the 1960' & 1970's much like Ford Germany remember the Taunus anybody ?
Opel as a brand had completely different models to Vauxhall and competed for the UK market separately.

Opels were imported at Harwich Docks where they were stored outside in huge car parks for distribution by the UK Dealer Distributors owned by General Motors of the USA.

The UK Opel Offices were believe it or not a shared facility with Frigidaire (also GM owned at that time) due to the relatively low number of Opels sold in the UK . The combined Head Office for Opel / Frigidaire was actually part of an old Army Camp in Edgware - the Opel Offices were a flat roofed building with steel Crittal windows - it looked like a glazed air raid shelter.lol

Just like Austin marketed the Nash V8 Metropolitan for American Troops based in the UK Opel imported the Opel 1900 GT in LHD only for the Yanks. As they were imported as LHD they were not delivered by Car Transporter but the Selling Dealership had to collect in person. I have fond memories as a 20 year old student having to go to Harwich and collect a couple of new Opel GT's. They were a stunning looking motor in 1968 but the handling did not match the looks as they were based on the old Opel Rallye Kadett A floor pan.

Today they are fast becoming a relatively expensive classic - we used to retail them for around £2500 - free of VAT for US Troops stationed here.
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My dad had a Taunos sadly cannot remember much about it other than he rated it highly, Rick
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Lovely little cars, I donít know a great deal about them but though they were Ascona based.

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merks were imported into harwich and i had the job of repairing damaged new imports in the workshop there.it was not big damage but a lot of shipping dings and scratches.
i remember that the workshop was as clean as anything i had ever seen in the trade.it was kept spotless,not by me the repairer but a team of guys that cleaned up after me.my wages were top notch as well.
mind you the repairs had to be 100 0/0 as they were new unreg motors.
my problem was getting to and from in the foggy winter as roads were crap in them days.
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Thumbs up A bit of nice history especially the second video.

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Lovely little cars, I don’t know a great deal about them but though they were Ascona based.

Mike
The Opel Manta GTE (B chassis) shared the same floor pan /platform as the Ascona B famous in its Rally Guise they were a brilliant chassis in the day.

The Opel GT 1969-1975 had transverse leaf on the front suspension with coil springs on the rear being a live solid axle arrangement with torsion bars. It had rack & pinion steering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoR1-4jyG0Ihttp://<br /> <br /> https://www.you...?v=mFZMA3JkTz0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f71cGaQ9V-Y
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