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Opel Kapitän P1

Opel Kapitän
EngineIn-line six-cylinder
Displacement (bore*stroke)2456 cm³ (80,0 mm * 82,0 mm)
Compression ratio7,5 : 1
Engine controlohv
Mixture preparationSingle carburettor, choke
CoolingPressure circulation, 11 litres
LubricationPressure circulation, 4 litres
Torque173 Nm at 1400-2400 rpm
Performance59 kW (80 HP) at 4100 rpm
Drive trainFront engine, rear drive
ClutchSingle disk dry clutch
TransmissionManual three-speed, overdrive (option)
Wheelbase2.800 mm
Turning circle10.700 mm
Suspension frontDouble wishbone
Suspension rearRigid axle, leaf springs
BrakesDrums, hydraulically, front Duplex
Tyres/Rims6.70 - 13 / 5K - 13
Length4.764 mm
Width1.785 mm
Height1.500 mm
Payload510 kg
Kerb weight1.310 kg + driver
Tank capacity55 litres
Maximum speed142 km/h
Year of manufacture1958
Electric system6 V/ 77 Ah

It had fine-shaped rear doors with a lock against accidental opening and an unusual cut trianglular window that could be similar opened to those at the forefront with a knob. But it did not help, the doors were perceived as too small by the public and became the Achilles' heel of the otherwise really well-constructed car. And so came with all seriousness the fast American production cycle in Germany or Europe for the first time. The car remained in this form in the program for only one year.

And also did not help the 27 (!) possible paint colours and the 8 selectable upholstery. In the L-equipment were illuminated next to the glove compartment and the cigarette lighter even the engine compartment. The windscreen washer system and handholds above the doors were standard only here. In addition, there were 'pockets with spring balancer' on the inner sides of the doors. When you opened them, lighted up a red light to the rear.

One exhibited the additional cost to the outside world in the form of 'L' with a coronet, chrome strips, crest on the bonnet and wheel trims. Reclining seat fittings were very welcome. In one picture in the brochure, a child sleeps on such while the mother drives, unthinkable by today's safety standards. Hardly worth mentioning but practically, however, was the optional available folding roof. 06/16               Top of page               Index
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