Opel Kadett B
1965-1973, 2610650 produced.
Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Coupe,2 doors,4 seats
Estate,3 doors,4 seats
The Kadett B was sold from 1966 to 1973, with two- and four-door saloons (the latter in notchback and, from 1967, also in fastback form), a three-door estate, and two coupés (regular and fastback, or Coupé F). There was a sporting Opel Kadett Rallye, with a 1.9 L engine. Additionally, the two-seat Opel GT was heavily based on Kadett B components, its body made by a French contractor, Brissonneau & Lotz.
1966 was the year that Opel opened their new plant at Bochum, devoted exclusively to Kadett production. Between 1965 and 1973 Opel produced 2,691,300 Kadett Bs which makes this model one of the most successful Opels to date in terms of sales volume. The Kadett benefitted on the domestic market from a progressive slowing of demand for the old Volkswagen Beetle, while the Ford Escort and Volkswagen Golf which would compete for sales more effectively against the Kadett C both got off to a relatively slow start respectively in 1968 and 1974.
A "luxury" derivative of the Kadett B was sold as the Opel Olympia A.
The Kadett B was sold in the United States through Buick dealers from 1967 until 1972 simply as the Opel. U.S. models were later granted the front end and trim of the new Opel Olympia, introduced in 1966 as an upmarket version of the Kadett. The car took part in the Trans-Am Series during its commercial life. Kadett A and B were technically simple cars whose task was to compete with the market leader, the Volkswagen Beetle. This lack of sophistication caused the U.S. car magazine Car and Driver to publish a highly critical test of the Kadett in 1968, featuring photos of the car in a junkyard. Reportedly, GM withdrew any ads from that magazine for several months as a consequence.
|1196cc||S4 OHV||Opel OHV (Kaddett engine)||79mm x 61mm|
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