Opel Rekord Review from Denmark

1968 Opel Rekord S-HL 1.9

Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1969
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance149000 kilometres
Previous carOpel P2


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.

General Comments:

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

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review