It’s not very often that we post supposed barn finds, but once in a while one turns up that is pretty interesting. Barn finds are all the rage right now – original, preserved vehicles as seen in shows like Chasing Classic Cars can often draw more money than perfectly restored examples even if they’re wrecks. Fairly recently, a 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder emerged from a barn in France, covered in books and looking quite forlorn. The price it sold for was unimaginable to most mortals; $18,500,000 – the most paid for any 250 GT series Ferrari, despite the seeming poor condition. People are willing to pay for a story, it would seem, and the French Ferrari was a tome of history. But what if the barn find is something less exotic…say, an Opel? And not even a particularly desirable Opel (yes, that’s really a thing…)?
Do you ever see a car and think “Boy, there must be some interesting stories behind those miles”? I do, be they poorly modded 1980s Mercedes-Benz models, tired old Porsche race cars, rusty BMWs posing with canoes on the roof (yes, there’s one on eBay right now) or pretty much any Audi ever. But today, I stumbled across something that you just don’t see often. I’d say ever, but of course that would preclude today, and I try not to be overly prone to hyperbole – so let’s just say that were you to buy and drive this Opel Kadett L Wagon, you would be extremely unlikely to ever stumble across another in your commute. And it certainly must have some stories; the dent on the hood, the woodgrain paneling (that was factory, believe it or else!), the minilites, the….DVD player?
There has been a long partnership between the Buick and Opel subsidiaries of GM over the years. Currently, the Opel Insignia is sold here in the US as the Buick Regal and there are plans to bring the Opel Astra over as a Buick, now that the Saturn division is defunct. But it was a little over forty years ago that Opels began to show up at Buick dealers, without being rebadged. This Kadett B, or second generation Kadett, is one of the cars that launched the small car assault on US dealers. This particular Opel also saw production reach 2.6 million, making it one of the most popular Opels of all time. This particular car for sale on Staten Island is more than likely one of the few Kadetts left on these shores, regardless of condition.
Now when was the last time we have seen one of these cars? WOW, talk about memories! This is a really neat 1968 Opel Kadett L. These cool little cars were made in Germany, and sold here in the States by the Buick Dealers across the country. This Opel is in AMAZING SHAPE for the year, and was GARAGED KEPT since day one! It was sold here by a Buick Dealership right here in Staten Island, New York by Robins Reef Buick, which is long gone today. The name tag is still on the rear deck lid to this day as seen in the photo! This Opel shows only 43,000 miles on it, and the way this car is so well preserved, I believe that this is the true mileage!
Now remember, these cars were NOTORIOUS to rust, and they really did start to rust so bad even when they were only two years old. NOT THIS ONE! This is TRULY a WELL PRESERVED, and UNMOLESTED 1968 Opel. It still looks like its wearing its ORIGINAL PAINT which really is a pretty color. The interior is incredible. I just can’t believe how this car really held up so well! Interested buyers are more than welcome to come and look at it and take it for a ride! It does have some small rust on one of the floorboards, and some by the bottom of the passenger rocker, but nothing bad at all. And still keep in mind, these cars use to rust so bad since day one. It runs and drives GREAT, and is really a crowd stopper. It has the original four cylinder engine, mated to the original four speed manual transmission. It comes with an optional factory clock, rear side vent windows, seat belts, and it is a radio delete car. Now just think, HOW MANY of THESE CARS ARE LEFT IN THE WORLD TODAY???? I see here on e- bay today that there are only three listed here, and not even one of them is a KADETT. Don’t MISS OUT on this one, for who knows when the next time you will ever see another one?
I’m not sure if one could consider this car “well preserved” as rust is rampant. However, the car is 44 years old and the fact that it is still hanging on should be commended, especially in the rough environment around New York City.
Not a whole of description on this Opel, but it looks like a neat little car. The Opel Kadett Rallye featured a 1.9 liter engine and a bit over 100 horsepower. Not really scorching performance, but with the manual transmission I’m sure spirited driving is possible.
This car features the extra rally lights, head work, new paint, clutch, shocks, brakes, bushings.
Judging from the nearly identical Kadett in the background it looks like the seller has found a niche in restoring these to daily driver status. The paint scheme is very time specific and can be a bit hard to get used to for those not really into the green/brown/yellow color.
65,000 miles on the car and bidding is up at $2,500 with the reserve not met. Perfect for the Opel fan that wants more room than the GT provides.