Opel Commodore (1967 – 1971) Review

Opel Commodore (1967 – 1971) At A Glance


+Punchy straight-sixes, brilliant GS/E coupe is a delight to drive

-The rest are a bit forgettable, despite their competence

The six-cylinder Opel Commodore was a useful upward extension of the super-successful Rekord C range. It was introduced in 1967 and remained in production for four years, available with Opel's 2.2-, 2.5- and 2.8-litre cam in head straight-sixes, and the option of the super-smooth two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. Like the Rekord, and despite its short production run, the Commodore was continously developed during its life, with the best being saved until near the end of its life.

The range-topping Commodore GS/E (E is for Einspritz, which is German for fuel injection) was launched in March 1970, and its 2.5-litre straight-six received a shot in the arm, thanks to the fitment of Bosch D-Jetronic. Maximum power was a very healthy 148bhp, and maximum speed was 123mph, making it one of the autobahn's more impressive outside lane chargers. The Commodore GS/E also proved successful in motor sport, with competition versions by Steinmetz blazing a trail in saloon car racing. A bit of a cult classic now, with a healthy following - but rare with a mere 2574 GS and GS/Es made.