Opel Kapitän P2, fiftieth anniversary
He Opel Kapitän It is not a model specially known or remembered today, but it can be considered the great-grandfather of the Opel Insignia, the current standard of the German mark. Various models saw the light under the title: in 1938 saw the light the first generation, which would resume after the war with few changes until 1953, looking purely American traits. Subsequently, a completely new generation emerge in 1954, with a more modern design for the time.
In 1958, the Opel Kapitän P1 appears, and in the fall of 1959 born Opel Kapitän P2, which meets in recent weeks 50 years after his birth. Opel Kapitän later in the decade of the '60s and early' 70s and is sold under Admiral name or Diplomat. For many years, Opel Kapitän Opel Rekord and were the backbone of the Opel range in terms of saloons, and different Kapitän were regarded as true large saloons in his time, engines and equipment wearing high.
In 1959 first out of the production line of the Rüsselsheim Kapitän P2, who wore a design very successful, and soon became a success for the brand. Until 1964, the end of production of P2, 145,616 units sold model.
With a design typical of the early '50s, the Kapitän P2 had a practically flat roof and a large glazed area, including a wider windshield that extended to the sides. Its engine was a 2.6-liter six-cylinder inline delivering 90 CV and a maximum torque of 190 Nm between 1,300 and 2,500 rpm. In his time, he had a really smooth running thanks to the engine, without much noise or vibration, and a very comfortable suspension, with the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission or power steering.
Currently, the Opel Insignia continues the spirit of the Opel Kapitän saloons like this. After being awarded, among others, the award for "Car of the Year 2009" and in just twelve months on the market, it has already reached the 150,000 units sold. With the arrival of family and sports versions OPC, the path to success should continue for the saloon Brand lightning.
Via: German Car Scene
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