Big things with little cars

Teutonic Tuesday: Niedriger als ein Konteradmiral. Drucksensorgesteuert.

The biggest Opel was the Admiral, a big saloon with a V8. One step down, but a little bit sportier, was the Commodore. Just as in real life. A senior captain, assigned to command more than just one ship. But he ain’t an admiral.

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And I always preferred this one over the Admiral. Smooth lines, inline 6 and in this GS/E trim even equiped with Einspritzung. Fuel injection. And not some old school mechanical injection: it came with the D-Jetronic, Bosch’s first commercially produced electronic fuel injection system.

And what made this system very special was the fact the fuel was injected directly into the cylinders. Instead of via the Plenum inlets, which meant the a specific cylinder head was manufactured specifically for the engine, making this model unique and expensive to produce.

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The “D” in D-Jetronic was for drucksensorgesteuert. That sensor measured the pressure inside the intake manifold, nowadays we’d call it the Air Mass Sensor. All this to get 150hp out of GM’s Camshaft in Head engine (CIH), a line of engines Opel would use from the ‘60's all the way into the ‘90's.

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Nowadays the 150hp out of a 2.5 liter engine isn’t that impressive, but then again: a 911 back then did even less (well, a little but it had less weight as well). And normal family saloons were even glad if they had like 80hp in Europe. So it was quite sporty, totally different from the usual, a bit dull, line up from Opel.

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It even was nicknamed the “German Charger” with it’s sleek coupe lines. And it had some distant relatives. The Chevrolet Opala was heavily related. And the Commodore itself wasn’t that original itself as it actually was based on Opel’s own Rekord C (Opel uses the Alphabet to point out what generation it was so the C was the 3rd gen).

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This Commodore was Opel’s first generation so it’s an A. A “B” and a “C” would follow, always the same ingredients: luxury Rekord based saloons/coupes with inline 6's. With the C Opel didn’t even bother making a coupe, heck the car itself barely differed from the Rekord.

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The model itself is in 1/43 by Altaya although you often see it offered as an IXO as well. So I suppose IXO actually produced ‘m or something. Now and then it’s even called an “Eagle Moss”, let’s just stick to the term “Magazine Models”.

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So you instantle know it ain’t expensive, I’d say about 10 euros. Details are so-so, just look at the chrome trimpiece surrounding the windows. Just painted on with a thick flat line of grey. I do love the wheels and exhaust but the head/fog lights clearly have those stubs visible in the center.

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Well: Let’s be glad it has glass head- and taillights and it wasn’t just painted on. Like most of the chrome actually.

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And that’s it for this Teutonic Tuesday. It was about time I did another Opel. It is a bit of a neglected brand in both diecast- and gearhead world. Let’s hope PSA takes good care of it and doesn’t just use production facilities or use it for badge engineering.

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