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Opel Ascona A

Displacement1584 cm³
Bore * stroke85 * 69,8 mm
Compression8,2 : 1 (normal)
Engine controlOHV (chain, rocker)
Mixture preparationSingle venturi carburetor
Tank capacity46 liter
Torque108 Nm at 3400 rpm
Power50 kW (68 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5200 rpm
Power drive designFront engine with rear-wheel drive
TransmissionFour-speed, three-speed automatic
Suspension (in front)Trapeze- and double wishbones, coil springs, gas pression damper, anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear)Rigid axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar
SteeringGear rack
Tyres155/165 SR 13 (5")
Brakes f/rDiscs/drums, hydraulic, dual-circuit, brake servo
Wheelbase2430 mm
Length4124 mm
Width1626 mm
Height1385 mm
Weight965 kg + driver
Maximum speedApprox. 145 km/h
PriceFrom 7400 DM
Years of manufacture1970 - 1975
ModelsTwo-/four doors, Estate car

The company Opel and particularly the U.S. parent company GM are said to be a great practicality and effectiveness at the design and manufacture of cars. This case is an exception. First the later Ascona is planned as a successor to the Kadett B. Presumably, the Coupe question changed this origin decision. Ford is working on Capri and Opel must oppose something. Although the Kadett offers each a coupe, but as a competitor for the expected mini-Mustang it's not enough. Thus are created from the cadet detached twins whereby the Manta A even appears one month before the Ascona.

It is also interesting as one takes slowly farewell from ship ranks as Kadett, Kaptitän and Admiral. The first variation is the Olympia of 1936, it follows Rekord and Diplomat. With Ascona and Manta there is a some order, because these and other ending in 'a', whereby sliding back, e.g. 'Commodore', is not excluded.

It is amazing to see how one endeavors, the no longer quite dewy suspension to develop further also suitable for use in the sporty Manta, without the production costs to strain too much. Front there are now instead the cross leaf springs two lateral arms, wherein the lower longer and formed partly of a stabilizer. In addition, both are so interdigitated against each other, that the braking force at the wheels counteracts a nodding movement of the vehicle. Thus, the front axle has the full state of development of time. Even the rigid rear axle is improved a bit. Amazingly, the Panhard rod still can be extended, where one wonders, why did it not already had its maximum length. Also, the linkage of the axis to the body changes, and there are now progressive springs for more comfort at low loading. This creates a very good natured suspension, which also does well with sporty driving. After all, this car has become European Rally Champion.

The rest the technology is discussed quickly. These include smooth and precise steering and circuit, a although tough, but very high-revving engine with a relatively good noise insulation and relatively high fuel consumption especially in the regular petrol version. It is derived from the Rekord, but has fewer bore. The interior dimensions of the Kadett are not kown as particularly generous with exception of the trunk. The car is styled rather inconspicuous except a slightly edged front. Opel's advertising tries understandably to argue against, by making from the car an 'outsider'. Although the car is selling well, but then completely forgotten. Even worse it goes the 'Voyage' baptized estate version. It sold badly and is initially not continued to be produced. For the quite logical idea the scarce traffic space of a car to use the best possible, e.g. for families, it is simply too early.

In this year 1970 we should briefly look at the state of security technology. Interestingly, head restraints, seat belts and laminated glass are only available as an extra. In contrast, standard are upholstering of sun visors, switches and dashboard and a compressible steering in frontal crash. The dual-circuit brake is now a permanent equipment, albeit in black and white layout. For the heated rear window, however, must still be paid extra, if the head restraints and seat belts are already standard equipment.

And how the rest of the options list has changed since then. At that time, ashtrays back and rugs belong to it. You can now (2006) no longer imagine, how might have looked the normal rubber coating. In addition bells and whistles such as chromium at the exhaust end and the wheels. You pay even extra for light in the trunk and a indicator light for the handbrake. The only way rubber to have for damping of light jostles exists in the purchase of additional bumper horns. Typical American is also the possible vinyl roof coating for better insulation in summer. There one seems the charge for rear side windows with tilt featureat the two-door quite low. As can be seen at relatively low purchase price above, the cars at this time almost calculated with a narrow margin.

Displacement1187 cm³
Bore * stroke79 * 61 mm
Compression9,2 : 1 (normal)
Engine controlOHC
Torque88 Nm at 3000 - 3800 rpm
Power44 kW (60 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5400 rpm
Maximum speedApprox. 140 km/h
Construction period1972 - 1975

Displacement1584 cm³
Bore * stroke85 * 69,8 mm
Compression9,5 : 1 (premium)
Torque118 Nm at 3400 rpm
Power59 kW (80 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5200 rpm
Maximum speedApprox. 155 km/h

Displacement1875 cm³
Bore * stroke93 * 69,8 mm
Compression9,0 : 1 (premium)
Torque146 Nm at 2500-3100 rpm
Power66 kW (90 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5100 rpm
Maximum speedApprox. 160 km/h               Top of page               Index
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