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Opel Kadett C

Opel Kadett C 1,0/ 1,2/ 1,2 S/ 1,6 S (since 77)
EngineIn-line four-cylinder
Displacement993/1096/1096/1584 cm³
Bore * stroke72*61/79*61/79*61/85*69,8 mm
Compression7,9/7,8/9,0/8,8 : 1
Engine controlOHV/OHV/OHV/OHC Single chain, duplex chain (OHC)
Mixture preparationSimple carburetor, accelerator pump
Tank capacity44 liter
Torque76/83/85/130/90 Nm at 2400-3200/2400-3600/3800/2700/3400/rpm
Performance29/38/44/55 kW (40/52/60/75 HP)
Rated speed5400/5400/5400/5200/rpm
Drivetrain designFront engine with rear drive
TransmissionFour-speed, floor-mounted shifter
Wheelbase2395 mm
Suspension frontDouble wishbone, hydraulic shock absorbers
Suspension rearRigid axle, hydraulic shock absorbers, leaf springs, coil springs (1967)
BrakesDrums, discs front (1967), double circuit and servo (1967)
Tyres5.50 - 12/155 SR 13
6.60 - 12/155 SR 13 (caravan)
Wheelbase2416 mm
Length4124 mm
Width1573 mm
Height1375 mm
Kerb weight785 kg + driver
Top speedca. 122/132/142/155 km/h
Purchase priceApprox. 7.200/7.200/7.570/10.775 DM
Construction years1973 - 1979
VariantsLimousine two/four doors, hatchback, coupe, caravan
Electric12 V/ 36/40 Ah

Whether the car now is 'sleekly' or even 'racy' as argued in the prospectus, is a moot point. But the fact is that it looks much more modern despite similar technology under the bodywork. Lovers of this Kadett version are also still numerous almost 30 years. Curiously, rather for the coupe than the hatchback or Aero version.

Although shorter and lower, the interior one seems to be at least bigger. Striking than the front plate decreasing as front spoiler and the mostly black highlighted rear end. It looks as if he'd better lying on road. Here, the suspension is not really a big improvement although now front wishbones with coil springs replace the cross leaf spring and rear the dampers work exactly vertical to the rigid axle.

Inside nothing recalls of the predecessor. The seats are greatly improved, the dashboard can take now the comparison with the competition. The steering wheel is padded and at extra charge even available with security plate. Belts are standard head restraints, not yet. In total, Opel has retained the surcharge policy on low-cost basic equipment or even expanded.

To the details with surcharge also belong radial tyres with at least 238 DM extra charge at this time, which the car makes more stable in curves but also a little less comfortable. Previously the car was already to control quite well, now it has further improved and a greater resistance to lateral wind is added.               Top of page               Index
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