The first Opel Commodore came on the market in 1967 and was very American styled at the insistence of its parent company GM. The car was almost sensual for an Opel.
The six cylinder Rekords
The Opel Rekords were already available with six cylinders in the front, but from 1967 they got their own name: Opel Commodore. And with that, Opel lost its Betuwe controversy of "Every l * l his own Opul." Because the time was right.
Look for the differences
Only the connoisseurs saw - and see - the difference, because the Rekords and Commodores still had the same bodies. The six-cylinder in-line engine under the hood of the Commodore could be supplied in three variants: with 2.239 cc (95 hp); 2.490 cc (120 / 130 pk) and 2.784 cc (150 pk). Yet there were more differences between the Rekords and the Commodores than just the motorization. Because in addition to the other engine, Opel's option list was fully checked.
We are going back to the end of the sixties
Everything changed. Everything was possible. Everything was allowed. Sex was still safe. Everyone had long hair and smoked weed. Tapping thirty beers in one evening was not a coma drink, but just fun. In Vietnam, things were still far from being in order, but Vietnam was then far away. Shaky motors arrived. It was that spirit of the time that led the Opel people to rename the already existing Rekord six-cylinder line to Commodores. With that new name, a new impetus also came. Because it was Opel's serious intention with the Commodores, with the Opel Commodore GS, and a little later with the GS / E, to give the people of BMW and Mercedes pleasant sleepless nights.
Opel did so with the six-cylinder 2,5 liter GS with its double register carburetors. But in order to make it clear to the world what the GS 'topper was, the looks of the still standard Rekord coach had to be seriously pimped. The GS got sporty 14 inch rims with a Rostyle-like, instead of the 13 inch Rekord wheels, and a whole host of decorative strips including the characteristic aluminum strip between the rear lights, usually a set of optional spotlights and its characteristic vinyl top. Inside the house it was also spacious. More clocks than many Opel drivers could imagine, a poker, a luxurious interior with beautiful wooden finishing details. Including a sports steering wheel with wooden edge. With upgraded brakes and stabilizers, the GS was such a very serious beast with which you could make it very difficult for the driver of a Mercedes 280SE or BMW 2500 on the unlimited Autobahn.
Moreover, such an Opel was almost a third cheaper than the Benz. The GS / E that was for sale from 1970 had Bosch-D-Jetronic injection and a plus of another twenty horsepower. From Opel to 0-100, Opel could even compete with a Porsche 911T. And their cornering behavior was similarly exciting, but much nicer with the Opel.
What does it matter?
And that such a GS on full trot sometimes wanted to lose a chrome part and that he was not very steady anymore at top speed? That it was very noisy in the interior against the 190 km / h on the counter? Well, that was just normal at the time. Also with his much more expensive fellow competitors. Just like the consumption of 1 on 5 with combat deployment. This kind of top player from then makes it very clear how far the current automobile development has come.