Tuesday 4 November 2014
The Opel Kapitän is a luxury car made in several different generations by the German car manufacturer Opel from 1938 to 1970.
The 1958 Kapitän (series P1), introduced in June 1958, was both wider and lower than its predecessor, and featured panoramic windows. Although it won plaudits in some quarters for its American-inspired "dream-car" styling, but there were also critics who pointed out that the extent of the wrap-around front and rear windows along with the slope of the rear roof-line retricted the driver's view out unnecessarily and made the rear doors very narrow: many back seat passengers, once they had negotiated their way onto the back seat had issues.
This time, the 2,473 cc six cylinder engine had its maximum output raised to 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 4,100 rpm. Wheelbase, track widths, length and width were all slightly increased, while a flatter roof made the car some 6 centimetres (2.4 in) lower.
The P1 was built only for one year. From June 1958 to June 1959, 34,282 were produced, which was fewer cars than the annualized output of either its direct predecessor or of its direct successor.
- engine: 6 cylinders
- capacity: 2600 cc
- horsepower: 89 HP
- gearbox: 4+1
- top speed: 150 km/h