The new year is already underway. It means that the jubilee flag is raised again for the necessary car models. Like the cars that officially reach the Dutch classic age of 2019 in 40. We have made an overview that we will present to you in several companies. And in that flashback there are models that undoubtedly make you realize how fast the years pass.
In 1979, Opel showed its first front-wheel drive car: the Kadett-D, with a sloping rear. So that is already 40 years. It was available as a two- and four-door variant to keep the C-cadet driver on board. In addition, the three- and five-door version entered the program based on the same bodywork lines. In addition, the Caravan - the station model - was available in three-door and five-door trim, and a three-door order version was also available on a combination basis. In terms of engine choice, the buyer initially had a range available that ran from the 1.0 N, via the 1.2 variants to the 1.3 S.
Expansion of motorization
The 1.3 variants were fitted with an overhead camshaft. Starting from 1982, the 1.2S also had an overhead camshaft, and the 1.0 N, 1.0 S and the 1.2 N and 1.2 S (OHV) had cleared the field. For model year 1982 an 1.6S (OHC) and an 1.6D variant were also available, while the 1.8 GTE (115 PK, top 187 km / h, OHC) from mid 1983 was the late successor of the more peppery Kadett C coupe versions. In 1984 this Kadett generation, which according to good Opel use was available in numerous equipment levels and combinations, was succeeded by the Kadett-E. In the course of this year we will pay even more attention to this Kadett generation.
Toyota Corolla, fourth generation, Europe
Toyota launched its fourth generation of the Corolla in 1979. 40 Year again? For Europe, the Japanese superpower used a well-arranged range of supplies that could be accommodated in several bodywork variants. The two-and four-door sedan, a three-door Liftback, the coupé and the station wagon (with three and five doors) pulled the Corolla rear-wheel drive into the eighties. The most important subcutaneous renewal was the use of a Panhard rod, coil springs and longitudinal arms. The predecessor still had the leaf suspension at the rear.
This Toyota was available for the European market with an 1.3 or an 1.6 engine, and those were the last Corolla power sources, most of which had the older configuration. The majority of the engines had an underlying camshaft. The 1.6 in the Coupé was the 108 PK-generating Twin Cam engine. In Sweden, the Corolla could also be equipped with the 1.8 gasoline engine. Dieselers had to be patient, but from 1982 they could order the self-igniter (with overhead camshaft) from the Carina for the Corolla. The E7 generation had already been facelifted a year earlier. In 1983, the production of most variants was discontinued, the combi did continue and was present in the Toyota range until the fall of 1985.
Peugeot 505, first generation (1979-1985)
He was considered the last Peugeot with rear-wheel drive: the 505, which was presented in 1979 as the successor to the already long-running 504. The signature for the coach design was set by Pininfarina, who was responsible for an appealingly designed model based on older principles. The engine range and chassis configuration were familiar. The 504 cc power source from the 1.971 GL (and TI) was available in several variants, with the TI and STI versions receiving the 110 PK version. Shortly after the debut, the 2300 Indenor diesel was also available.
Upgrades and GTI
During the production period of the first 505 generation, upgrades and a greater variety of volumes were regularly applied. For example, both the petrol and diesel versions of Turbo versions were introduced, and it was possible to order engines with a capacity of 1.8 and 2.2 liters (petrol), while Peugeot also started supplying 2.5 liter (diesel) versions. The first generation of the 505 was the GTI, with an 2.2 liter engine that supplied 130 HP and ran to a top of 180 kilometers per hour. The 505 was available as a sedan, break and familial until the facelift of 1985. You will learn much more about the Peugeot 505 later in the year.
Audi 200 Type 43
In October 1979, Audi introduced the 200. Again 40 year. It was based on the Audi 100 of the C2 generation. In that model, the 2,1-liter five-cylinder engine (5E) was the largest available engine, and it became the base engine for the Audi 200. From February 1980 the Audi 200 5T (initially the only Audi) was offered with a turbo engine and 125 kW (170 hp), which enabled the luxury Ingolstadter to reach a top of 202 kilometers per hour. In the US this model was sold as the Audi 5000 S Turbo.
Differences with Audi 100
The 200 was only available with the equipment level of the 100 CD, and that meant, among other things, the use of thick velor, four transparent headrests, central locking and power windows. On the outside there was a lot of resemblance to the 100, but things like the other front, differently constructed bumpers and differently placed decorative trims on the side showed a cosmetic difference. The chassis was technically adjusted to the 200, and a novelty was the application of the 5-Loch rims. The 200 of the C2 generation (Type 43) cleared the field in 1982.
The copyright of the photos rests with GM Company and Opel Automobiles GmbH (Kadett), Toyota (Corolla), PSA (Peugeot 505) and Audi AG (Audi 200).