Opel Rekord Series A

Opel Rekord (1963-1965)

The Opel Rekord A is a car model of the upper middle class of the Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim. It was introduced in March 1963 as a successor to the Opel Rekord P2. With him Opel introduced the identification of sequence models of all types of vehicles manufactured by letters in the order of the alphabet (A, B, C, etc. ).

His successor was published in August 1965, only slightly modified and fitted with new engines record B, but this was built just under a year.

Model history

The Rekord A appeared in March 1963 as stylistically modernized and larger successor to the successful at home and abroad Rekord P2. The initial model name Opel Rekord R3 or record R3, which was still in the papers the very early vehicles, Opel changed in record A, and completing the identification of sequence models of all types of vehicles with letters in the order of the alphabet (A, B, C, etc. ) one. On the glove compartment lid, however, still was like that of its predecessor Rekord P2 of the word " Olympic ".

He had one for the car class large, smooth-faced and sober but elegant body style of the Chevrolet II of 1962; because the body line was in the General Motors Design Center in Warren (Michigan) has been designed. At the design of the coupe but also the form designer in Rüsselsheim were involved.

Body versions

The record A, the interior of which was more modern than its predecessor, there were over two - and four-door notchback sedan, as a three-door station wagon ( " CarAVan " ), as a coupe and as a van ( CarAVan without rear side windows ). The station wagons and vans were only three doors available.

On request, there was also a convertible version based on the coupé, which was rebuilt by the body - German company in Cologne and Autenrieth in Darmstadt.

Opel Rekord as a two-door sedan

Opel Rekord Coupé

Rear view

Opel Rekord Caravan

Opel Rekord Cabriolet from German

Engines and transmissions

The four-cylinder engines - with optional 1.5 liter or 1.7 liter displacement and an output of 55 or 60 and 67 hp -. Based on the Opel Olympia engine of 1937 This pre-war construction with bottom-mounted camshaft ( OHV ) received in the record A their last and highest performance level. Although they had the reputation of absolute durability, but was no longer technically exhausted on the state of the time and in their potential for development. The successor to record B ( from 1965) was completely redesigned CIH engines with overhead camshaft.

The available record from 1964 L- 6 with the 100 -hp 2.6 - liter inline six-cylinder (based on the pre-war construction of the Opel Super 6 of 1937) is considered the forerunner of the Opel Commodore. This was only available as a sedan and coupe. The L-6 was with the Captain / Admiral / Diplomat A, the first Opel passenger car model with a 12 - volt system. The engine block of the in-line six cylinder weighed heavily on the front axle, the steering at standstill and when maneuvering was correspondingly heavy. Power steering was not available; they were only in the upper-class models of the Opel KAD A- series. An automatic steering aid was considered a luxury.

Sedan and wagon were available as desired with fully synchronized three- or four-speed gearbox and steering wheel gearshift; the coupe had standard four-speed transmission and floor shift.

Alternatively, the three- speed transmission was the automatic clutch " Olymat " available (similar Saxomat of Fichtel & Sachs). The system consisted of a centrifugal force- controlled clutch and a second clutch for the gear change, whereby the clutch pedal was omitted. The actuated by engine vacuum second clutch was activated when switching an electrical contact on the gear lever. The chassis of the record A up to the standard of the 1960s: all around the front double - wishbone with coil springs, rear live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers. Standard were drum brakes; for an extra charge of 150,00 DM were front disc brakes available in conjunction with a dual-circuit brake system. At the 2.6-liter model, the dual-circuit brake system with front disc brakes and brake booster was fitted as standard.

In the simplest version, the two-door sedan of record A cost DM 6,830, the coupe with 2.6 -liter engine 9310 DM

From March 1963 to the introduction of the Rekord B in August 1965 a total of 887 304 A record was made ​​.




  • Werner Oswald: German cars from 1945 to 1975. Engine book publishing house, Stuttgart 1975, ISBN 3-87943-391-7, pp. 88-93