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Opel Kadett

Opel Kadett 1936/1938
EngineIn-line four-cylinder
Displacement1074 cm³
Bore * stroke67,5 * 75 mm
Compression6,0 : 1
Cylinder headCast iron
Engine controlSV
Mixture preparationSingle carburetor, accelerator pump
IgnitionBattery ignition, octane controller, automatic early advanced ignition
CoolingLiquid cooling, pump, fan
Torque52 Nm at 2000 rpm
Power17 kW (23 HP)
Nominal rotation speed3400 rpm
Power drive designFront engine with rear-wheel drive
TransmissionThree-speed, column-mounted shifter
Wheelbase2337 mm
Axle driveHelical gearing
Suspension (in front)Lateral arm, spring/damping Dubonnet-system
Suspension (rear)Rigid axle, leaf spring, hydraulic damper
SteeringWorm segment
BrakesDrums, hydraulic
Tyres4.75 - 16 4 PR
BodyFull steel, self-supporting
Length3810/3840 mm
Width1375 mm
Height1455/1535 mm
Fuel consumption7,5 - 8,5 l/100 km
Tank capacity27 liter
Kerb weight760 kg + driver
Maximum speedApprox. 95 km/h
Purchase priceApprox. 2100 RM
Construction period1936 - 40
ModelsTwo-/four doors (1938), convertible
Elektrics6 V/70 Ah

It comes out after the Olympia as a smaller brother and can temporarily at least hardly be distinguished on photographs. The wheelbase is marginally shorter, in length there are nearly 20 cm less. Important is the difference in the engine, while the older and smaller Kadett engine (from P4), with lateral standing valves compared to the now larger OHV engine of the Olympia is not so bad seen from performance.

The decisive point is, however, the price again reduced by RM 400, which again some middle-class strata leads to the car. Opel is thus strengthening its position as the largest supplier in Europe at that time. In driving performance the Kadett reasonably can match with the small Olympia and also it has a certain driving comfort. Nevertheless, it is not the best deal from Opel. This is the P4 with almost another half a thousand less.

In the confusion of pre-war period experienced the Kadett a changeful history. The above picture shows the four-door, first available in Germany from 1938. Here you have to count the trim strips on the radiator grille to be able to differ it from the 1938 Olympia. There is still a cheap version with rigid front axle and enough plans for further development. As far as it does not come, because at first September 1939 the Second World War begins and soon after only military equipment are produced. After the lost war, are passed still all existing tools and construction plans to the Russians which make therefrom the Moskwitch 400. This is probably the real reason why no Kadett is still produced until 1962. 05/08

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