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So how did this rusty and beat up Opel Admiral end up in the Thats Gutta - II Far Gone - Domestic Damage These were certainly never imported, and byit would have been a chore to federalize it. But I have a theory: this was one of several brought over by Cadillac when they were considering using it as the Homie Dont Play That - Geto Boys - We Cant Be Stopped of their new Seville.
And after taking a good look at it and driving the snot out of it, they dumped it in a back storage lot. And someone finally got their hands on it. Slimmer and trimmer than its predecessor, it not only was handsome, but it was also a harbinger of US GM cars to come; but not for several years. And who was responsible J-Zone - $ick Of Bein Rich this fine design V8 Diplomat version above?
Probably the new KAD cars were already in an early stage of development, but undoubtedly Jordan was involved with them to one degree or another, as he was an intense, hands-on designer, even when he was in management.
The story has been told before herebut when Cadillac finally decided they needed a smaller car to compete with Mercedes and other imports, the Opel Diplomat was given very serious consideration. It was the right size, had a heavy duty Chevrolet 5.
It was widely praised by the German press as being a very refined and capable high speed road car, a legitimate Mercedes competitor. Even Mercedes engineers were impressed, and said so. So why not just use the KAD tooling and add a few American-style luxury touches, to make a very legitimate Mercedes fighter? So a Plan B had to be created. That involved a Chevy Nova, adding three inches to the wheelbase, and modifying it in other ways to do the job, including the addition of a lot of sound deadener, which made it very heavy.
Underachieving, when so much is on the line, is a sin. And the fact that its origins are from a car that Chuck Jordan oversaw several years earlier, makes this all the more…sad. Now if Chuck Jordan had been responsible for adapting the Opel for the first Seville, and given the job for its successors, the whole Seville story might have turned out very different. A lot more like t he alter-Seville history I wrote about last year. That one imagined using the previous generation Diplomat as the basis for a Seville.
What could have been…. Meanwhile, back to the painful reality at hand. This is the mid-level Admiral, which only came in six-cylinder form. The top-tier Diplomat had a different front end, with the vertical headlights, came with the V8, and was very luxuriously equipped. So this Admiral is somewhat Dream Gerrard - Traffic - When The Eagle Flies to an Impala, but not nearly as affordable to Europeans.
Looks a bit like a Chevy six,except for the bulge in the front of the valve cover. This is a 2. The cam resided in the cylinder head, but in a lower position than usual. The result was that it looked a lot like a Chevy six this is a four cylinder versionwith the familiar stud-mounted rocker arms, but these arms were activated directly by a hydraulic cam lifter, eliminating the push rod. The one in this Admiral is a the basic single-carb version, rated at PS hp. The optional twin-carb engine upped that to PS.
And optional fuel injection raised further to PS. Those outputs correspond almost exactly to the the Mercedes engines in the S-Class. Not overwhelming, but quite decent, and the ergonomics were good. The Diplomat upped that significantly, with higher quality materials, a full console, and more wood. Car runs, is movable, and stops. Front windshield is cracked. Needs body work on driver side floor, fender support, driver side rear door, driver side rear lower quarter panel, rear body panel.
Gas tank needs to be replaced. Need exhaust. Seat needs new upholstery. What this Im A Demon - Roky Erickson - Gremlins Have Pictures wants is to be turned into the alternate-reality Seville, with a fuel injected V8 and other updates to show the world what the Seville could have been.
The next generation of top rung Opel is a much better looking car, these look a bit stodgy to me. All of them were about the same size. The Rekord had the 4-cylinders, the Commodore the 6-cylinders. Bigger, and with more luxury. Ford Europe never had a car like that. In the seventies more mainstream Euro-automakers started to offer top models with a 6-cylinder.
Like the Peugeot and Renault When he replaced it with a Mk II Granada 2. Even a DeSoto version Che Mboeharépe - Oscar Cardozo Ocampo - Piano Paraguayo the Valiant.
But when GM finally imported one and badged it Catera, it was derided by enthusiasts and shunned by buyers. You know there was someone in Europe who restored a ex police Rover SD1, that car was in far worse condition than the car depicted above. Every panel had to be cut out and welded back together, the floor rotted away, the a,b,c pillars cut out and welded in from a rover.
Heck i did it for a worthless car when chevy celebrity 2. Someone will take on the challenge, question is will they finish it? I remember the Cadillac Catera. The last one was the Opel Senator B, see below. It Thats Gutta - II Far Gone - Domestic Damage only available with inline-6 engines, it never had a V6. We have them here in Vauxhall and Opel flavours and of course the Buick powered Holden versions are still quite Thats Gutta - II Far Gone - Domestic Damage though dieing out gradually.
I am almost always an advocate of preserving the past but this particular car is just too far gone to be saved. Nice looking car. The Catara looked like a Chevy from a styling cycle prior as well.
It was also said at the time to have been inspired by the Buick Riviera. To me the Diplomat front end is a clear knockoff of the Riviera, the one that moved the headlights from the grille into very similar vertical pods.
That poor Opel is a mess. Black or dark gray with whorehouse red leather would be just about perfect. Looks are very similar save for the front end, undivided side windows and the smoother transition between side and cabin. Unfortunately, assembly problems went a long way to sinking that attempt.
Fascinating Thats Gutta - II Far Gone - Domestic Damage never seen that before. I guess it fell foul of the whole British big-saloon sales collapse of the latter s.
I reckon Thats Gutta - II Far Gone - Domestic Damage. But Clear Blue Skies - Cliff Richard - Stronger the Rover P6 and Triumph were introduced in Thats Gutta - II Far Gone - Domestic Damage providing BMW and Audi with a template that serves them well to this daythe market for big, non-limo saloons in the UK collapsed.
Rootes canned the entire Humber range, save for a chromed-up Arrow. So I reckon Vauxhall looked at the prospects of a Cresta replacement, and decided… no. And that was the end of big Vauxhalls. Pontiac dealers in Canada sold Vauxhalls from the s to the early s as well as in the U.
And in the unlikely event that it did succeed, it would presumably represent unwelcome competition for the domestic Pontiacs and Buicks sold at the same dealerships. Would have been expensive to certify for EPA, and having to import parts, etc. Dealers would have has a hard time selling and fixing these expensive machines. Sure, GM should have put a bit more into it, but then it was better than the Versailles. I think the design inspiration came more from Rolls-Royce than the Opel Admiral.
But maybe someone will step up and give it a go. I always have and still like the 1st generation Seville. But it really was way overpriced when new. Cadillac pretty much nailed it with the Seville body style. This was eventually corrected. This Admiral is badly proportioned, with a compact middle and big-car ends. Seville is all compact. The engine is interesting. You get the added complexity Thats Gutta - II Far Gone - Domestic Damage rocker arms, PLUS the added complexity Thats Gutta - II Far Gone - Domestic Damage a long timing chain.
I owned two of those, great cars to drive. But, restoring this one is madness, I am pretty sure you can have a good Admiral for less money straight out of Europe, if you really want one.
This one is a pile of junk, and with all the visible rust, the complete underside will be a mess and beyond reasonable repair. This would be a very good Lemons race car. They appreciate crazy European rustbuckets. It seems that the blue Opel Admiral from the article with the vinyl top is also for sale now…. Back to the question of where this came from … Were these ever brought into Canada?
That story-line perhaps makes the most sense — who else would make enough for such a beast, yet then have to watch the trimmings so as not to appear too svelte?
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