Ranger was a car brand. The Ranger vehicles were manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s under the auspices of the General Motors Group. The Ranger joins the Opel Rekord C produced worldwide family, which also in Brazil ( Chevrolet Opala ) and Mexico was created.
The brand originally existed in South Africa, later, also in Switzerland ( at the GM plant in Biel ) and Belgium (Antwerp ) brand vehicles "Ranger" assembled and sold, some vehicles were also in the Netherlands.
The first Ranger vehicles technically based on the Opel Rekord series of the 1960s ( Opel Rekord C / Commodore A Opel ). Visually remembered certain body parts, including the radiator grille, the Vauxhall Ventora.
While the measures introduced in the summer of 1968 the South African models Chevrolet engines were built, Opel engines were used in the European-built models are used, namely the total in the appropriate record and Commodore models offered range.
The first Ranger model (1968-1972) is known today as Ranger A, as of 1972 there was the Ranger B. This was based on Opel Rekord D and Opel Commodore B.
Ranger A ( South Africa)
In South Africa, the Ranger was offered as a two - and four-door sedan, two-door hardtop coupe and a five-door station wagon. Chevrolet four-cylinder were up on the Vauxhall -like front end and some details such as hubcaps and taillights he corresponded visually completely the record C. Uses of 2.1 liters ( " Ranger 130 ", 73 DIN hp) and 2.5 liters ( " Ranger 153 ", named respectively after the engine capacity in cubic inches so; 106 SAE hp) displacement, there were also only available as a coupe and four-door model, the Ranger 153 HO and SS 153 (2.5 liter, 120 hp SAE ). Was shifted via a synchronized four-speed transmission or by Trimatic three- speed automatic.
A Ranger ( Europe)
In Europe, from the beginning of 1970 in Biel, Switzerland and assembled in Antwerp with the South African largely identical model ( up to the Springbok emblem), however with Opel engines. To use the 1900 S engine (90 PS ) from the record, the 2500 ( 120 hp ) and 2500 S (130 PS) came from the Commodore. Was distributed to the Ranger in selected countries through the respective Vauxhall dealers; that explains the Vauxhall grille and the model range also used here: the 1900, there were only two-door (because Vauxhall with the Victor had no two-liter sedan in the program), the 2500 and 2500 GTS, however, also a four-door (because Vauxhall even in this was not represented class). In Switzerland, the cost of a two-door Ranger 1900 1971 £ 11,325, a comparable record in 1900 SFr 11,450, the four-door Vauxhall Ventora 2000 SFr 11,300.
" Ranger B" ( South Africa)
By type of Ranger A was from 1973 in South Africa, a new model based on the Rekord D / Commodore B offered, however, no longer carried the name Ranger, but Chevrolet 2500 ( Chevrolet four-cylinder ) or 3800/4100 ( Chevrolet six-cylinder ) said. Of the engines apart the differences to the Opel models were low.
Ranger B ( Europe)
Only in Europe, it was under this name the Ranger B on the basis of record D / Commodore B. The Ranger B was produced only in Antwerp and as a Ranger 1700 ( 83 hp ), 1900 (97 hp), 2500 ( 115 hp) and 2500 GTS (130 hp), on demand there was also the 2800 GTS ( 140hp ). 1700 there was only a two-door sedan. The 1900, 2500 GTS and 2800 GTS, it was only as a coupe. The 2500 there was only a four-door sedan. From record and Commodore, the Ranger B differed only by the double - held rectangular headlights, which laid under the front bumper turn signals, a different grille, a revised rear panel, the emblems and a hood with square scoop that does not match the diesel hood, but a own press part was. A Ranger 2500 GTS coupe cost in Switzerland in 1973 SFr 19,300, a Commodore GS Coupe from German production was 19,250 with SFr contrast, even a little cheaper. ( The Ranger was 50th - Fr expensive because he, unlike the Commodore front had double headlights and turn signal lights so had to be mounted under the bumper separately.)
- Roger Gloor: Passenger car of the 60s. Hallwag Verlag, Bern and Stuttgart, 3rd edition, 1990, ISBN 3-444-10307-7, p 303
- Automobile review, catalog numbers 1969, 1971 and 1973.
- Car models catalog, 1974 edition
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