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  • The Opel Rekord was an executive car which was built in eight generations by the German car . A variation on the Rekord C was the Rekord Sprint coupé ( –71) with driving lights, sport steel wheels, sport stripes and a sporty interior; the.

    The Opel Rekord Series B is a executive car that was introduced in August , by Opel as a Discbrakes on Rekord A was standard on coupe and 4-door De Luxe, and option on sedan during Opel Rekord B 2-Door Sedan.

    Opel Rekord Sprint Coupé, featuring the Sprint's "all-black" grille. The Opel Rekord D series is an executive car that replaced the Rekord C on Opel's.

    This page was last edited on 19 September , at This did away with the old rods and rocker linkage that had been a feature of the old engines. The six-cylinder variant of this car is called the Commodore B. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

    Opel Rekord Series B - Wikipedia

    It was slightly larger all round than its predecessor, from which it inherited most of its engines. It continued in production until replaced by the Opel Rekord Series D at the end of This made it the first "middle-class" Opel to exceed the one million mark. After less than a year of production, in August , the "stopgap" Opel Rekord B was replaced with the Opel Rekord C, featuring completely new bodywork. Hans Mersheimer, Opel's Technical Director and Chief Engineer, until his retirement in , had set down the parameters for the new Rekord back in The "Coke-Bottle line", which was also picked up by GM's English, subsidiary, with the Viva HB and seems to have originated in the United States with one or two mids "muscle-car" designs: There was a concern at Opel throughout this period that their designs might be rejected by European buyers as being simply "too American", and it was presumably a reflection of this that an alternative design without the "hip-curve" line on the back doors was also prepared by Opel designer Herbert Killmer.

    Ford's stumble with their 17M model was Opel's gain in the market place, however, and there was no sign of market resistance the exceptionally well balanced overall design of the Opel Rekord C, hip-curve and all. The new Rekord again offered a relatively extensive range of body types. There was a 3-door "Kombi" station wagon, and now, for the first time, a Rekord station wagon with five doors.

    Opel also offered a three-door delivery van which was essentially identical to the station wagon except that the rear side windows were replaced with metal panels. This version had no fixed B pillar and excited positive reactions to the stylish "pillarless" profile on show when both side windows were fully opened. A cabriolet version was also available. The approach made them very much more expensive than other cars in the range: Not many Rekord C cabriolets were sold, amid increasing concerns, during the later s, that open topped cars without roll-over bars might be more dangerous in the event of a crash than cars with fixed roofs.

    This never went into anything approaching volume production, although four pre-production examples are believed still to survive. Opel had introduced a new generation of engines a year earlier with the Rekord B and these were the engines that reappeared in the Rekord C. The chain-driven camshaft was positioned directly above the cylinders but this was not a conventional ohc design.

    The camshaft operated the valves using rocker arms because the camshaft itself was positioned too low above the cylinders to permit direct action from the camshaft on the valves heads. One reason for this may have been cosmetic. Other automakers such as BMW with their launched in and Volkswagen with their NSU designed K70 , which finally made it to the showrooms in , squeezed vital centimeters off the height of the engine unit by canting it over at an eccentric angle in the engine bay.

    Fuel consumption looks heavy by modern standards, but this was nonetheless the most fuel efficient model in the Rekord line-up, and published data indicate that it was also more fuel efficient than the contemporary Ford 17M and Volkswagen As with the "", so with the "", Opel gave up on the self built carburetter after a year, and with a bought-in Solex carburetter, though still with the 8.

    The "" engine powered more Rekord Cs than any of the other engines available for the car. Also offered was a " S" using the same engine block butwith a Solex 35 PDSI carburetter and a compression ratio raised to 8,8: This, in effect, was the same unit that had been launched in in the Rekord B S.

    With a compression ratio of 9. The Rekord C range was broadened in December with the option of an entirely new six-cylinder engine, featuring the CIH valvegear and camshaft configuration of the new four-cylinder engines introduced in Performance of the new "" Rekord was therefore ahead of that of the " S", but the engine was also relatively heavy and there was a penalty in terms of fuel consumption.

    The 6-cylinder Rekord C sold only in small numbers, and in August it was withdrawn from sale. After this there were no more six-cylinder-engined Opel Rekords, although this is when the Rekord "Six" went on sale in South Africa and South-West Africa , as the Commodore nameplate was not offered there. By the time they withdrew the six-cylinder Rekord, Opel had launched, in February , the Opel Commodore.



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