I’ve told before that Opel never really got as popular as VW was over here. When Opel came with their “Look at Opel now” campaign that said it all: “hey you all, we are not as boring as you all think”. New cars were introduced with some more frivolous designs. Like this Opel Corsa Swing.
The Swing was just a package, slightly over the base edition. But with this second gen Corsa (Opel indicates it itself as being the Corsa B) Opel made drastic changes: The 3 doors looked, besides the nose, entirely different than the 5 doors. The 3 doors was sporty, the 5 doors more practical and had (at least visually) a higher roofline.
Hey, what’s that glorious piece of Japanese design doing next to it? Opel got help from Nippon on the Corsa B as it was designed by Japanese Hideo Kodoma. And it looked fresh, way more modern than the VW Polos from that era (VW was just changing from the 2nd gen (Typ 86C) to the 3rd gen (6N/6KV) Polo).
And yet it failed beating the Polo. Could be our conservative market, could be quality. You hardly run into these and corrosion on the rear side panels wasn’t uncommon. You hardly run into 2nd gen Polos either but these got extinct way later I feel.
Colors were often a bit frivolous as well (as this egg-yellow) and I actually drove one of these for a while. Most notably was the clock in it in a time the Millennium bug was a thing. I had to test the clock, with a date function, to see if it could get into the year 2000. It did. But there was a catch: It couldn’t go over 2012 IIRC.
It won’t grow into a classic so I’m not sure people will care about that clock though. Or it should be that top edition maybe, the GSI. Or the sporty thing that was based on this, and probably has the same clock: The 1st gen Tigra.
The model is a 1/43 from the Opel Collection, a partwork series by Eagle Moss produced by IXO. IXO clearly didn’t deliver it’s best in this series, certainly not consistent. The Commodore they did was decent, this one is more like the Omega I posted way, way back. And that one went all the way FP?
And that’s it for today. A bit of a breadbox this Corsa but we can’t just display Porsches and supercars now can we? And there’s a #onedaywewillalldrivewomenscars hashtag for a reason!