Saturday 2 February 2013
The Opel Olympia is a Compact car produced by the German automaker Opel from 1935 to 1940, from 1947 to 1953 and again from 1967 to 1970.
The 1935 Olympia was Germany's first mass-produced car with an all-steel unitized body (monocoque). This revolutionary technology reduced the weight of the car by 180 kilograms (400 lb.) compared to its predecessor. Production of the unibody design required new production methods and materials. Spot welding, advanced types of steel, and a new production line layout were among the many advances introduced by the Olympia.
The car was first presented in February at the 1935 Berlin Motor Show: production got under way later during that year. The Olympia was named in anticipation of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Before World War II it was made in two versions. From 1935 to 1937 the Olympia had a 1.3 litre engine. For the OL38 version made from 1937 to 1940 this was replaced by a 1.5 litre overhead valve unit.
Between 1935 and the 1940 over 168,000 units were built.
The name Olympia was revived in 1967 for a luxury version of the Opel Kadett B.
The Olympia name was revived in 1967. This time it was only a luxury version of the contemporary Opel Kadett B. Engines were a 1100 cc unit with 60 hp (44 kW) taken from the Kadett and two larger units, a 1700 cc with 75 hp (55 KW) and a 1900 cc with 90 hp (66 kW) which were normally used in the Opel Rekord.
Body styles were:
- 2-door saloon
- 4-door saloon
- 2-door coupé
The Olympia A was not highly successful, and was replaced in 1970 by the all new Opel Ascona.
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 1700 cc
- horsepower: 75 HP
- gearbox: 4+1
- top speed: 160 km/h