Wednesday 14 December 2011
The P2 Kapitän came to market in August 1959 and while it still had the panoramic windscreen, it gained a new grille and a redone body with a more angular roof and a new rear. It was driven by a stronger new, oversquare 2.6 liter-inline six (bore x stroke: 85 x 76.5 instead of 80 x 82 mm), still of OHV and pushrod design. Carried over were the 3-speed and 4-speed overdrive transmission; the latter was replaced from December 1960 by a version of GM´s 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic.
The P2 climbed to a top speed of 150 km/h (93.2 mph), reached 100 km/h (62 mph) in 16 seconds and consumed 12 L/100 km (24 mpg-imp; 20 mpg-US).
From August 1959 to December 1963, Opel built 145,618 units of this Kapitän series. The large Opels were never dominating players in their market segment on the same scale as the smaller Rekord and Kadett models, possibly due to the strength of Mercedes-Benz in the big car sector. Nevertheless the highpoint for the big Opels was 1960 when together the Kapitän and Admiral were Europe's top selling six cylinder saloons, with nearly 48,000 sold.
Capacity: 2600 cc
Power: 89 HP
Top Speed: 150 km/h