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Opel Senator/Monza

Overview

Produced: 1978-1987, 158000 produced. (116000 Senator/42000 Monza)
Types: Coupe,2 doors,5 seats
Saloon,4 doors,5 seats
Opel Senator/Monza

Perhaps one of the best and most interesting models to emerge from the European GM divisions during the 1970's was the Opel and Vauxhall Senator/Monza range. Launched in 1978 the saloon version (the Opel Senator or Vauxhall Royale) was aimed squarely at the Ford Granada. Like the Granada the model was really a full size saloon aimed at executives and large families.

The Monza featured an elegant two door, hatch-back coupe body with a generous amount of interior space. Like the Senator saloon the Monza had a twin Vauxhall version and came with a silky smooth straight six and a choice of manual or automatic transmission.

In some ways the Opel/Vauxhall Senators fulfilled their aim more convincingly than the Granada, interior trim was of a very high standard and looked and felt sumptuous. In later life the Senator family would out live the Ford rival and found favour (in Senator saloon ) with the UK Police forces as the perfect "Traffic Car".

Engines

CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
2784ccS6 OHC0mm x 0mm0
2260ccS4 OHC0mm x 0mm0
2197ccS4 OHC0mm x 0mm0
2490ccS6 OHC0mm x 0mm0
2969ccS6 OHC0mm x 0mm0

Transmission

TypeGearsComment
Automatic0
Manual5Monza models
Manual4

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
F/RWormIndependent/Coil SpringsIndependent/Coil Springs

Performance

Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
133 mph8.5 s16.5 s0 mpg180 bhp 5800Monza (3.0L)

Dimensions

WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
0' 0"0' 0"0' 0"0' 189"0' 0" 0 (0)0' 0"

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