Opel Diplomat is an automobile from Opel. Opel´s top-line saloon traditionally was the Kapitän (introduced in 1939 just before the outbreak of WW II. The model proved very popular in the fifties in Germany, when it became the best-selling six-cylinder car in the country, rivalling the more expensive saloons of Mercedes-Benz. According to good GM practice, there were almost annual styling changes, the car constantly growing bigger and heavier in the process. In 1963, a completely new line of top-notch saloons was introduced in three trim levels, named Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat, available with a 2.5 l inline-six, a 2.8 l inline-six or Chevrolet´s 307-V8 (4.6 l) teamed with the two-speed Powerglide, the latter being supplanted later by the 327-V8 (5.4 l) plus the three-speed Hydramatic. From 1965 to 1967 there was also available (in limited numbers) a Diplomat Coupé (with the 327 only), built by coachbuilder Karmann and costing DM 25.000 (or as much as 7 VW Beetles). These models were even larger than their predecessors (stretching to almost 200 inches) and found little favor with the European public. A small variety of cars, the most popular kind of automobile. ... Opel, originally and more correctly known as Adam Opel AG is an automobile maker in Germany. ...
Opel Admiral 1972 - 1976
GM held on and presented, in 1969, a new line of Kapitän/Admiral/Diplomat models with new bodies of unchanged size and the same powertrain options as before. The new body was a typical (for the time) GM effort and bore a strong resemblance to the contemporary Holden Statesman of Australia. The Dipomat V-8 tried in vain to compete with Mercedes´ new 350 and 450 SE; Opel even offered a long-wheelbase version of the V-8 to keep up with Mercedes´ SEL models. Opel kept building these models, that found little success in the market, until 1977. They were superseded in 1978 by the new Opel Senator of a somewhat more manageable size and more modern and European styling. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 595 KB) Beschreibung Beschreibung: Opel Admiral Quelle: selbst fotografiert Fotograf: Sven Storbeck Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Opel Diplomat Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 595 KB) Beschreibung Beschreibung: Opel Admiral Quelle: selbst fotografiert Fotograf: Sven Storbeck Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Opel Diplomat Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to...
Opel models are also sold under other GM brand names, such as Vauxhall in the UK, Holden in Australasia, and Chevrolet in Latin America.
Opels appeared under their own name in the US in the late Sixties, when they were sold through Buick dealers as captive imports.
The Opel name largely disappeared from the UK in 1981 after Vauxhall and Opel dealerships were merged, with only the Manta and the Monza (the coupe version of the Senator) being sold as Opels, until they were discontinued in 1988 and 1987 respectively.
The Opel Commodore was an intermediate-sized car from Opel of Germany, originally positioned between the mid-sized Rekord and the range of large saloons Kapitän/Admiral/Diplomatand successor to the only mildly successful Opel Rekord-6.
The Opel Commodore A was built from 1967 to 1971 and was powered by 2·2 and 2·5 L engines.
A station wagon (dubbed 'Caravan' in Germany) was offered in the Opel range from late 1979 to 1983, and was not offered by Vauxhall in the UK as a Viceroy, but it became a mainstay in the Holden one, and was also available as a Chevrolet in South Africa.
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