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1971 Opel Rekord C

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One of the joys that continues to drive my automotive interest is seeing cars that aren’t often discussed day to day. They may not be the most attractive, best selling or performing cars ever made, but regardless it’s because of their infrequency that they’re neat to see. No one would claim any of the previous traits for basically any Opel model ever produced. But in what can become a sea of Porsche 911s and BMW E30s, strolling across a clean early 1970s Opel coupe can really be a breath of fresh air. Let’s stop for a moment with our usual programming and take a look at this 1971 Rekord C:

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Year: 1971
Model: Rekord C
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 55,300 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

Up for the auction European, West-German built oldtimer, Opel Rekord C 2-door limo, from year 1971 with 1.9L gasoline engine (about 96 hp strong), classic rear-wheel drive. Odometer shows 89000 km (= 55300 miles). Manual 4-speed transmission gear-box. Column mounted gear shift lever. Original leather interior in good condition. Original radio in working condition. The current owner have driven it only in sunny summer days.
The car is located and registered in Latvia (Eastern Europe). Vehicle has the road permit in Latvia valid till Sep,2016 and therefor the MOT conditions test passed and the vehicle insurance is paid as well.
The delivery of the car is not organized by seller, but possible support can be expected.
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Does it get much more 1970s then brown on brown with a column shifter, naugahyde and chrome hubcaps? Missing is the sometimes sought vinyl roof application, but I’m personally glad it’s not there. Styling is heavily borrowed from the General’s other products; in this case, the 1966-71 Rekord C bears a striking resemblance to the 1965 Corvair Monza especially in the rear 3/4 view. But the Monza is a great classic if a bit offbeat, and I think that’s the case here too. You’d have to import this example to enjoy it on U.S. roads, but it’s a clever alternative to the other affordable classics and no doubt you’d draw some interesting stares at German car shows. And, it’s relatively affordable in the grand scheme – figure that even with importation fees you should be able to keep this one below $10,000. With prices of 2002s and even Beetles soaring, something a little different might just be the ticket in the classic market.


One Comment

  1. David B.
    David B. March 22, 2016

    That’s about as sexy as my dishwasher

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