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Opel Rekord B

Opel Rekord B
Displacement (bore * stroke)
Valves2 per cyl. rocker
Engine controlOHC (chain)
Mixture preparationSingle carburetor/Two-barrel downdraught carburetor
Tank capacity45 liter
DesignFront engine with rear-wheel drive
TransmissionThree-speed, Four-speed (optional), floor-mounted shifter, column-mounted shifter (optional), semi-automatic (optional), double gear automatic (optional)
Suspension frontUnequal length double wishbone, telescopic shock absorber, stabilizer
Suspension rearRigid axle, leaf springs, hydraulic dampers
SteeringWorm roller
BrakesDiscs front, brake booster (optional), stick handbrake
Wheels5.90(S) - 13 / 165 SR 14 (4,5")
Weelbase2639 mm
Length4.530 / 4.550 mm
Height1.440 mm (limousine), 1.402 (coupe)
Consumption9-10 / 10-12 l/100km
Kerb weight965-990 / 1090-1110 kg + driver
Top speed
Purchase priceApprox. 7200 - 8400 / from 9600 DM
Construction period1965 - 1966
ModelsTwo/four doors, estate car (caravan) /four doors, coupe
Elektrics12 V/ 44 Ah

This Rekord has gained a reputation as an interim model, not least because of the also for Opel short model life of just over one year and the big success of the successor. To design one has come up with very little indeed. Instead of round headlights front, there are now rectangular, instead of longish two round tail lights. Nevertheless, this car is by design seminal, cause the successor takes over both the front and the rear lights. Latter will be propagated further, to the Manta and GT. The Kapitän shares almost the complete front design with the Rekord B, only a little enlarged.

Built only 11 months ...

The real changes lie under the surface which remained relatively the same. Now e.g. the rear axle fits by more track to the body. With new engines Opel follows the call to replace the pre-war models. There is now a camshaft above lying quasi next to the valves, which operates in a series arranged valves via rocker arms. The wedge-shaped combustion chambers are maintained in principle. Intake and exhaust ports are on one side, so no cross-flow head.

Opel calls this four-cylinder with camshaft in head.

Actually, they shorten drastically only the long pushrods. Thus, the masses are reduced, which a valve spring must move back. Also the maintenance-friendly nature of the valve timing is maintained. Oil pump and distributor no longer sit on different sides of a shaft, which is driven from the camshaft in a 90° angle and protrudes laterally out of the engine block, but at the front of the engine are combined with the main flow filter and the coolant pump to a kind of module.

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