Tuesday, September 29, 2009

1964 Opel Kadett Station Wagon

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I have an affinity for Opels. My very first car was an Opel Kadett and my first "sports car" was an Opel GT.

I can't give you a good reason to buy this car. It came with a 1.0 liter engine that was capable of getting you to 60 MPH at some point. Looks wise, it is neither old European car chic, nor old American car cool. It's somewhere in between. (Older Opel wagons had an almost Chevy Nomad look to them and the newer ones, like my first car, had a distinct European boxiness to them.) Handling-wise, they're better than most American cars of the day, but so was a Boston Whaler.

The only reason to buy and restore this car is because it still exists. I can't remember the last time I saw one. They don't turn up at car shows and most certainly I haven't seen one on the road.

This car has a lot going for it. It's hasn't been on the road since 1983. The body appears to be solid. It has a few cool period touches such as the roof rack (which is screwed to the roof) and the radio blank out plate. All the hubcaps, chrome and trim are still on the car and appear to be in good condition.

It has a lot going against it, too. While the body looks solid, the floors are rusty. Also, it doesn't run. (Opel engines were durable units. If the engine is not seized, it will probably not be too big of a deal to get it running. Some points, plugs, fresh gas and a carb rebuild - which is almost mandatory on an Opel, anyway - may be all it takes)

This is a no reserve auction. As I write this there are 6 bids on the car, but the price is only up to $202.00. Let's hope it goes cheap enough for the buyer to spend some time and money restoring this car to its original glory. I'd love to see it at car shows.

Located in Haverstraw, NY, click here to see the eBay listing.

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