• A neighbor of mine has a pristine example of this Opel wagon. It's gorgeous and his daily driver, except in the snow.

  • BTW, you know you're losing it when you start voicing inanimate objects. I should know and you should know I know. Even my keyboard says so.

  • I'm a total OPEL fanboy and K2MC I'm envious of your wise neighbor if he's got a non-FI manual as Ano Nymous is correct the auto version is painfully slow. These can be pretty sharp, but they need more soup to get their nuts moving.
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    • I just can't remember if it's a manual or not. I see it when I jog past or on the street driving around sometimes. I'll have to go find out if I'm ever allowed out of my special padded room.

    • It's interesting that we continued/continue to get rebadged Opels here in the States even after the nameplate faded away so many years ago. I wonder why they never tried again instead of creating new names? Surely there would have been some Euro cred if they had. Eh, whaddaIknow?

    • We take it for granted we'll get cars from Canada and Mexico and think nothing of it. Ever look at the data tag on early (current series) Regal? No one seems to notice/care that the first run of those (2010-'11) were built in Germany.

  • The old Asconas were sweet products for their time, but as a '75 it's wearing the big clown-nose bumpers and is it really worth $3K? Not so decided on that, though if this:

    ebay.com/itm/191557243685

    is good for $3500 I suppose the Opel must be…

    • Send in all the Cortina tips you find as they're definitely on the rise. Wish that was a two door wagon. Two door wagons have always been better at creating a statement, especially in the small ones, including the VW Squareback.

    • Problem seems to be that when I find a cheap Cortina I buy it. Got a straight Mk1 airflow GT shell with surface rust I paid $200 for and a Mk1 pre-airflow Super (originally a Euro car, model never sold in the US) that's VERY complete but not currently running for $1500.

      I'd love to have a Mk1 wagon and had a shot at a couple at reasonable prices (think I know where half the Mk1 wagons in the US are) but my wife is a trained chef and owns a full toolbox of cutlery, so enough is enough until the current stable all prances.

  • I bought one of these back in 1975. Fuel injected with a 4 speed. Put some decent tires on it, an Ansa cat back exhaust, and went auto crossing in it. It was a fun little car and could whoop on some of the big fancy cars if you knew how to toss it around.

    I loved that little car until some clown t-boned it. Even then, it lived on in my wife's 1973 sedan (hers was an autotragic so we tossed in the 4 speed, the wider wheels, and a few other goodies). That car was a lot of fun… for $1,300.

  • I had one of these 74 opel wagons in college. My dad bought it from a little old lady in my hometown in Md. With 35k on the meter, she had babied it for 11 years. Mine was all orange, with black trim. It was a 4 speed manual, with cast rims and a nice thick set of Pirellis. It gave me 3.5 years of incredible use. It cornered well, it always wanted to pull through 2nd gear, it even went well in the snow, IF and when my fat friend would sit on the rear bumper with the hatch open. That or a bag of salt would make it track well in the white stuff. I slept in it often, you could shut the hatch to keep the bugs out, fully stretched out, even with 2 it was comfy. I loved it dearly, and plastered the entire rear metal area with stickers from wherever. I put an alpine head unit in the dash and rewired nice speakers in the doors. Its death came from a drunk driver – he t-boned me and my GF at an intersection, with his light being red for 10 seconds before he barreled through. We walked away unscathed. Visiting the hulk in the wrecking yard the next day, the hillbillies had picked it clean of the alpine and speakers, but said it showed up without those items. huh? I put some serious love into that car, and it loved me right back.

  • Hi, I had me a little '74 1900 wagon back in the early 80's. 1981-82, she had the 1.9 with a Solex 2 barrel and a 4 speed. What a wonderful little car she was. She was bright yellow with a black interior, Had the styled steel wheels, aluminum bumpers. AM radio and an appetite for the right rear tire. 🙂

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