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Opel Rekord 1700 P1. Unbestritten schon

Opel Rekord 1700 P1
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Opel Rekord 1700 P1

For example, the popular Opel Rekord 1700 P1 was named in the 60s. His panoramic windscreen was already graceful and the four-door version gave the necessary convenience to comfortable transportation. The performances were not even wrong for his time. The four-cylinder 1680cc engine moved the 910 kilogram heavy coach to a maximum speed of 130 km / h. 

Special is that the license plate of the Opel Rekord 1700 P1 indicates 1958, while according to other information the four-door only appeared in 1959. Anyone who can provide clarity about this could do so via the comments at the bottom of this message. 


What is certain is that the middle class in 1989 crossed the border to the Netherlands. This Opel Rekord 1700 P1 was still in a standard color. But there were also cars that could be supplied in two colors. Of course this 'Sonderausstattung' was at extra cost. In addition, a saving model with an efficient 1200 cc engine was also available in the initial production period. But this disappeared from the price lists after a few years. 

This reliable and comfortable car has now been stationary for a longer period of time. The aim is to include it in a small historical museum that shows the development of the cars in the 60s and 70s. There are many in the past who have owned an Opel. It is and remains a brand with many followers. We are therefore sure that the classic Opels can be admired for years to come, in the museum or - better still - on the road. 

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  1. The 1959 model year ran from September 1958 to August 1959
    During their summer holidays the conveyor belt was / is being converted
    Remember when I saw the first '58 model with panoramic window in the fall of 1957, a light yellow two-door with cream roof
    The representative of garage Gorter in Roodeschool came to my father's company with it
    Spectacular then!
    He drove by trade number, was not registered until early January 1958
    So you hardly ever see a '57 year of production of model 1958

  2. That savings model only came after the P1 was replaced by the P2 in 1959.

    The Rekord was getting more and more expensive, so customers with a narrow purse could not be abandoned. In addition to the Opel 1200, there was also an Opel 1500, so they should certainly not be called “Rekord”, that name was retained for the luxury models with 1500 and 1700 engine.

    These “savings” -Opel can be recognized by a continuous, sloping decorative strips on the sides, without the characteristic kink at the rear wheels. They were relieved by the Opel Kadett in 1962.

    Opel has often had a savings version on offer, with the main intention to keep the “starting” price low. Such models hardly sold, but they attracted customers to the showroom.

    The Opel Rekord 1700N was given a saving version in 1968 that was only available in gray-white, without chrome trim, without a second sun visor, without cigarette lighter, without dimmable interior mirror, without ashtrays in the rear, without lighting in the boot, without adjustable backrests and with the wheel covers of a cadet. Nobody bought that, of course.

    • My 2-door P1 from 1958, license plate ZK-05-40, had a 1488 cm2 engine. Rekord was everywhere in the papers, but Olympia was on the (steel) dashboard.

  3. I think my father had a kiss. If I remember correctly it was. License plate AK-71-80. Was early to mid 60s. (When I was not tall yet) 🤓 Can not find it on license plate check.

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