1968 Opel Rekord S-HL 1.9
Reliable and Charming
Changed the Carburettor to Double Weber 15 years ago.
Because of age and rust the front bridge / suspension etc. was replaced 20 years ago.
Rear arms and springs replaced 15 years ago.
Shock absorbers changed front and rear to Gabriel / Koni.
Brake-discs replaced 2 years ago, Rear drums replaced 15 years ago.
Lot of small stuff replaced/repaired - not necessarily cause they were broke - but because it was fun...
Once it locked the gearbox in 4th gear because of a missing lock-pin, but I drove it home anyway - through town, on country roads and freeway - no problems - cause it has torque down where it matters - in the bottom, repair took 10 minutes afterwards.
In 1988 smoke suddenly came from the dashboard while driving - all gauges went mad - pulled over for 2 minutes - started the car again - problem never came back?! (Bad earth?)
Once the distributor went hay-wire - repaired it the creative way - lost some HP - max Speed before 185 - now 160 Km/h.
Well, this car have belonged to my parents until 1988, I took over maintenance and repair that year, and have had a lot of fun with this car since then.
The Car is pretty roomy in the front and rear, its very reliable (Except for some age-related issues), It drives like a dream - its one of those cars where you just wanna keep on driving (Gliding).
It doesn't have a lot of horsepower, it doesn't have much comfort equipment, it doesn't have a lot of things, but its got soul - and it always gets you where you are going to - relaxed and smiling.
Dammit - have to say that this is one of the last Real Opel Cars - one of those models without crap.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th July, 2006