Opel luxury class at the 18th Classic Party in Schwetzingen | News City

The Classic Gala Schwetzingen It is one of the finest historical car exhibitions that fascinates visitors every year. In line with this, Opel is presenting its luxury class from the 1960s at this year’s Classic Gala September 2-4 – the KAD Series, consisting of Opel Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat. As more than 180 selected classic cars from all decades are on display in the picturesque baroque garden of Schwetzingen Castle, a vehicle from the early days of automated navigation and 160 years of Opel history Not missing. Thus, in addition to those presented by the Opel Classic Admiral V8 And the Diplomas V8 Coupe Moreover Opel 4/8 HP “Doctor’s Car” From 1909 attract attention.

Historic vehicle classes complete the first weekend in September Seventh ECOmobil Gala, which takes place at Schlossplatz in Schwetzingen under the motto “Future meets classic – the ECO mobility experience”. The pioneers and current models of electric mobility gather here. Opel is also involved – with the plug-in hybrid version of the new version Opel Astra Sports Tourer (Power consumption according to WLTP1: 1.2-1.1 l / 100 km, CO2– emission 27-25 g / km; all combined).

“Given the exceptional setting in the castle garden, the Classic Gala Schwetzingen is a unique experience. In this setting, the greats of Opel from the 1960s will inspire the audience – cars that catch the eye with their timeless and exquisite design and at the same time offer the highest level of comfort at the time,” says Director Opel Classic Leaf Rohweeder.

KAD: The Big Three from Rüsselsheim

KAD – this abbreviation is known not only to connoisseurs of the Opel brand. In the 1960s and 1970s, the captain, admiral, and diplomat defined Opel’s luxury class as the “Big Three”. All three are distinguished by rich and comfortable equipment, spacious interior and a representative linear design based on American models. The extended and progressive Rüsselsheim triple chassis is identical: 4.95 meters long and 1.90 meters wide, the body of the luxury class of Opel reaches a new dimension – the size of Opel’s offerings. While the Kapitän is re-launched as Germany’s best-selling six-cylinder passenger car, and the luxuriously-appointed Admiral builds on the success of the well-known pre-war model of the same name, the Diplomat is the new top model. Progressively expanding, Opel was the only German manufacturer that offered its customers a full range of products at that time: from apprentice to registration, captain and admiral to diplomat, each buyer could find the right car.

The Opel Classic shows it at this year’s Classic Gala in Schwetzingen Diplomas V8 Coupe From 1966 as well Admiral V8 Since 1965. The 5.4-liter V8 with 169 kW / 230 hp, powered by the 5.4-liter V8, accelerates the four-seat coupe from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.5 seconds, the top speed exceeds 200 km / h hour. Hardly any other car made in Germany was faster at this time, and no other Opel car was more expensive at 25,500 marks. The Diplomat V8 Coupé is reserved for “high-end travelers”. By 1967, 304 models had left the assembly halls of automaker Karmann in Osnabrück.

But the Admiral also knows how to impress – especially with its 140 kW / 190 hp upper engine including a two-stage ‘Powerglide’ automatic transmission. It also scratches the 200 km/h mark and guarantees a sovereign driving and a high level of driving culture. Built from 1964 to 1968 in the first generation, a total of 55,876 Admiral A left the factory, of which only 623 were equipped with eight cylinders. This makes the Admiral V8 a rare item for today’s collectors. Finally, in Schwetzingen, the KAD trio is complemented by a captain from a private collector.

4/8 PS ‘Doktorwagen’: Opel made mobility in hand early

At the same time, visitors can catch a glimpse of a real pioneer in the Baroque garden of Schwetzingen Palace. The Pioneer Who Made Car Mobility Affordable in the Early Years: Opel 4/8 HP. With the introduction of this model, Opel finally made headway in what was then a new branch of the industry after ten years of entering the automobile industry. Because 4/8 HP paves the way for a wider segment of the population to own a car for the first time with a low price tag of 3,950 marks, low running costs, robust construction and simple operation. Customers are primarily street vendors, but doctors and vets also buy the Opel 4/8 PS, which is what gave it its nickname. Doctor’s car Brings. The technical advantage is the four-cylinder engine cast in one block – something new for Opel at that time.

The Palace Park will be open to visitors of the Schwetzingen Classic Gala from Friday 2 September to Sunday 4 September 2022, from 9 am to 6 pm. ECOmobil Gala exhibits can be viewed on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm. More information about the program, pricing and special offers is available over here.

Source and photo: Opel press release

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