Monday, February 1, 2010

1966 Opel Kadett Wagon - The Tough Stuff Has Been Done...

The Craigslist listing starts off like this... "I am a body man and have been for the over 20 years. I aqcuired this 1966 Opel Kadett Wagon about 10 years ago, and since then have collected many many parts to restore it. I've have stripped the car to the metal. I've sealed the car. I've done the body work, and I've primed it (all but a small panel in the front of the car). I just don't have the time or motivation to finish."

I can't imagine that there are many Opel Kadett 1.1 liter station wagons out there that have had this kind of bodywork done to them. All the tough stuff has been done. It basically needs a coat of paint and the glass and trim reinstalled. The seller says the engine runs, but I'm sure it will need some mechanical work (brakes, fuel lines, etc.).

In the US, GM positioned the Kadett as a competitor to the VW Beetle. It was successful and at one point Opel was the second largest selling import brand, just behind VW.

For a car that sold so well and had no real inherent faults, it's amazing how few survive today. It would be great to see someone finish this restoration project. The car deserves it.

Besides this car and all the trim pieces, the seller is also throwing in 1966 Kadett coupe parts car.

Located in Liberty, KY, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it appears this car has been sold and is being resold without the parts car offer. the price is down to 2500.and is in winchester, ky. when i was a kid my family had a yellow opel wagon. i was 11 and i loved that car. (i also loved the push button 62 chrysler 300 and the 62 impala. :D ) i would love to have it but i know little about putting cars together.