Opel Rekord P2

Opel Rekord P2 ( 1960-1963 )

The Opel Rekord P2 is a car model of the upper middle class, the Opel in August 1960 introduced the successor to the Opel Rekord P1 with new, contemporary body. What was new was the first abroad and later built factory coupe version.

Model history

The Rekord P2 was the contemporary taste according to modern design, its body shape seemed straightforward than the previous record P1 and thus less " American". The panoramic windows, falling off by the front doors were wider and easier entry. Technically, the P2 -based to a large extent on its predecessor, but the occupant protection has been improved in detail. On the glove compartment lid, there was still the word " Olympic ". Available was the vehicle as a two - or four-door saloon, two-door coupe, three-door station wagon caravan and as a three-door van ( Caravan without rear side windows ) and lasted for nearly three years in the program.

The coupe with low compared to the sedan and rear sloped roof was due to the slightly unbalanced proportions nicknamed " Speedy boot ". Initially built Autenrieth the sedan into a coupe by, from August 1961 made ​​Opel the coupé body itself

On request, there were convertible conversions of the coachbuilders German from Cologne and Autenrieth of Darmstadt. From 20 built convertibles are still eight pieces exist (as of 2005).

The interior was also slightly modernized and adapted to contemporary taste. As before, two-tone upholstery and two-tone finishes were also available in this model series.

As drive sources came as with the Rekord P1 the proven and very robust pre-war construction of the inline four- cylinder from the Opel Olympia from 1937 with 1.5 liters ( 50 hp ), 1.7 liter ( 55 hp ) Displacement and the 1700 L on a power of 60 PS increased 1.7 -liter engine used.

The Rekord P2 1500 in 1700, 1700 L and the coupe offered with a fully synchronized three-speed gearbox, the models available with a four-speed gearbox (steering wheel ) circuit.

For all models except the 1700 L was with three-speed gearbox and the semi-automatic clutch Saxomat of Fichtel & Sachs available in the Opel had the name " Olymat ". The system, a semi-automatic transmission, consisted of a centrifugal force- controlled clutch and a second clutch to change gears, causing the clutch pedal was omitted. The actuated by engine vacuum second clutch was activated when switching an electrical contact on the gear lever. The Olymat worked similar to the automatic clutch " Hydrak " in the Ponton Mercedes ( W105 ) which had a more comfortable hydraulic clutch, which was technically more complex.

By the end of production in February 1963 ran a total of 556 691 copies of the tape. The following month, the successor Opel Rekord A has been introduced.

Opel Rekord P2 Caravan ( 1960-1963 )

Opel Rekord P2 Coupe ( 1961-1963 )



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