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.