The third-generation Opel Rekord was a massive sales success for its maker, proving to be just the right product, offered at precisely the right time. It was launched in August 1966, replacing the short-lived Rekord B, which hadn’t set the world on fire during its two-year run. But this one was considerably larger all round than its predecessor, from which it inherited many of its engines, and was distinguished by its handsome Coke bottle styling. The rise of the Rekord might have been attributed to its glamorous American styling, but it also coincided with the unloved Ford Taunus 17M. The halo effect cast by the Deutz-built Coupe and Convertible should also not be underestimated.
The Rekord C remained in production for almost five years, and it ended up becoming Opel’s first middle-class car to exceed a million sales. The choice of 1.5-, 1.7- and 1.9-litre four-cylinders, and 2.2-litre straight-sixes, all cam-in-head units also added to its appeal – as did the wide range of bodies, including two- and four-door saloons, and three- and five-door estate cars. Classic appeal in the UK is limited, but very popular over in Germany.
1,276,681 were produced.
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