Opel Rekord Series D

Opel Rekord (1971-1977)

The Opel Rekord D is a vehicle of Adam Opel AG from the series of the Opel Rekord. In South Africa and some European countries, the model was also under the model name Ranger A Ranger B, as well known in Southeast Asia under the name Shinjin Record 1900 Shinjin Record Royale and Iran as Chevrolet Iran.

Model history

The subscribed by designer Chuck Jordan Opel Rekord D was introduced in late 1971 as a successor to the Opel Rekord C. At first he was called " Record II", not to be misconstrued as a diesel model.

From autumn 1972, a diesel version was available with 2.1 -liter displacement, indicated by a hump on the hood. This boss was necessary because of the diesel engine higher than the gasoline engines because of the overhead camshaft. With the diesel model, the taxi industry has been targeted. Since 1954, Mercedes-Benz was the sole manufacturer of diesel cars in Germany, which changed with the Rekord D 2100. Other vehicle manufacturers now moved slowly after. The curb weight of the vehicles with a petrol engine was from 1065 to 1090 kg. The models with diesel engine weighed 1210 to 1230 kg.

The self-supporting all-steel body could seat five people. They came in five different versions: two - and four-door sedan, three and five-door Caravan and as Coupé. Furthermore, there were also three-door outside Germany caravans without rear window under the name van.

The front wheels were suspended from twin, unequal length wishbones with coil springs ( progressive rate ) and had anti-roll bar and telescopic shock absorbers. The vehicle was equipped with a recirculating ball steering and compliant safety steering column. Back a live axle with four trailing arms, Panhard rod, coil springs with progressive rate, anti-roll bar and telescopic shock absorbers were installed. Early versions had standard steering wheel gearshift, the diesel models until the end of production. The " circuit sports " said agent circuit initially cost a small fee and was not available for the diesel versions. On request, a 3 -speed automatic transmission was available.

In 1975, the lead content was limited ( as tetraethyl lead) in the fuel to less than half of the previous values ​​by changing the gasoline lead law. Therefore, the compression ratio of the motor had to be decreased to continue to safely operate the engine under the knock limit. When the engine is 1700 N, the performance is therefore reduced by 6 hp, the engine 1700 S fell off, and the range was extended by the motor 1900 N ( normal petrol). When motor SH 1900 ( premium gasoline / hydraulic tappets ), power was reduced from 97 to 90 hp, in addition there was from September 1975 2000 S with 100 hp.

The Rekord D was produced from December 1971 to July 1977 in 1,128,196 copies. His successor was the Opel Rekord E1.

Model and trim levels

The record D gave it as a base version, a luxury version " record L" and with sporty features as " record sprint ." In September 1974 nor was added at the Aussattungslinie " Berlina ", which put even more on comfort and amenities compared to the "L " version.

The production of one million copies of the Rekord D was celebrated with the special " millionaire ", which was released in September 1976. As another special models followed in the spring of 1977, the versions " Maharaja ", " hit" and "Sport".

Rear view

Opel Rekord sedan

Opel Rekord Coupé 2000

Opel Rekord Caravan

Opel Rekord " millionaire "

Data table


  • Oswald, Werner: German cars from 1945 to 1990. Engine book publishing house, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-613-02116-1, pp. 251-257.