Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Beat on die Strasse: Opel Ascona 1.6 S Luxus

The Opel Ascona C is the european variant of GM's J-body platform and while Americans endured J-bodies from Chevy, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Cadillac, the continent had to be content with Opels in 2, 4, and 5 door trim. Although the front and rear treatments don't resemble its American cousins, the mid-section looks remarkably similar and I wouldn't be surprised if the doors fit onto a Cavalier.

The 1.6 S sports the larger 90 horsepower motor and the Luxus badge means this pea green example is fancier than J trim, but not as swank as the Berlina or SR.

Cars of this vintage are unfortunately rare in my neighborhood. Cars over thirty years old (including this one) can register with historic license plates that end in H but anything newer must have a green environmental sticker to even enter the city. Diesels without particulate filters or gasoline cars without three way catalysts don't qualify. Rust is also a quick way to fail the bi-annual vehicle inspection which has taken many Opels off German streets. The owner of this car has already performed some rust repair and the wheel arches and corners have a little red on them as well.


For what was once Germany's best selling car, it's aweful rare to see these on the road anymore especially in such a great color. Hopefully this one can keep the tin worm at bay a little longer.

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