5k: Ask Me Ascona Thing: 1975 Opel 1900 Sport Wagon

 Any discussion about wagons sold from Buick dealers in the late ’60s early ’70s conjures up images of those giant 3 row seat equipped monsters that sucked fuel and gave the rear passengers neck sunburn.  But the A-Body basd Sport Wagon wasn’t the only wagon you could find at Buick dealers, there was a little Opel sitting forlornly in the corner of the showroom that should have gotten more attention, let’s fix that today with an interview.  Find this 1975 Opel 1900 Sport Wagon offered for $3,000 in Saginaw, MI via greatlakes4x4.  “Friend of the seller” submission from Scott.

DT: Hi Opel 1900, it is great to have you on the show.

Opel 1900: Hey thanks, it is good to be here amongst my peers of cheap and rare automobiles.

DT: Well, we’ve never had an Opel Sport Wagon on the show before, so we’ll get right down to it…what is your deal?

Opel 1900: My deal?…(inaudible).. well, I am based on the Ascona sedan but with a wagon back and 2-doors.  You know, almost 700k examples of the Ascona A (1970-1975) were built for world wide consumption, but few were exported to the USA and not many were the wagon version.

DT: Can you share with our listeners a little more about your specifications and capabilities?

Opel 1900: Sure, I’ve got a 1.9 liter cam-in-head inline-4 pushing out 90ish horsepower with the aid of Bosch L-jetronic fuel injection.  The transmission is a 3-speed automatic for basic commuting needs.

DT: What about handling — I’ve heard you described as the poor man’s 2002?

Opel 1900: <blushes> Well the truth is that Bob Lutz was part of the leadership at Opel during my development, so although I’ve got a simple live axle out back, handling is on the sporty side.

DT: Whoa, that is one nice semi-translucent acrylic nail ya got there!

Opel 1900: Haha yeah (inaudible) you might conclude that my ignition switch is damaged because she’s been using those nails instead of a key…amiright?

DT: Quite right.  Any final thoughts for our listeners?

Opel 1900: Honestly if you were in the market for one of those funky Pinto shooting brakes, I’m not a bad alternative for a similar price and bring some European rally street cred to the table.

DT: Thanks to Opel 1900 for being our guest today.  Tune in next week when I interview a public men’s room light switch and ask if he prefers when people use their elbow or a damp paper towel.