Part 2: The sound of the Rennwagen 1903
Fully independent Opel production
Two rattling cylinders with 12 horse powers are doing their job under the bonnet of the 1903 Opel Rennwagen. The starting procedure takes a while, but Jens Cooper who works in the Classic garage can handle it perfectly. He lets some drops of petrol drip out of the carb, opens the motor valves, turns the pistons in the 1 liter cylinders up and down, closes the valves, sets the ignition and then throws himself on the crank handle in the front of the card. “It is a real challenge to drive this car”, emphasizes Jens Cooper. The car took part in the legendary 2006 „London to Brighton Veteran Car Run“ for oldtimers until 1904 where it reached the destination after a solid five hours ride.
Part 1: The sound of the Admiral V8
Only 622 cars were built
It was our colleague Jens Cooper who suggested the Opel Admiral with V8-engine and who actually started it. KAD – Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat were “The big Three” in the top ranks of the Opel world in the 60ies and 70ies. Although with more than 55,000 cars, the Admiral was the most sold model in this category; the V8-version with a 4.6 l engine with 190 horse powers was regarded as exotic. Only 622 cars were built between 1965 and 1968. The chassis was adapted to the higher performance, and the stronger shafts, axes, wheels, tires and breaks were included in the price of 15,950 Mark. The engine originally came from the huge shelves of Chevrolet. With this engine, the Admiral was able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just about 10 seconds.