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Opel Kadett (1965 - 1973)

Last updated 20 July 2013

More stylish than the Kadett A, available in Rallye form, sold in the UK
Saloons don't have anywhere near the same level of desirability as the Coupes


The Opel Kadett B followed hard on the heels of the A, being introduced just three years after the original, at the 1965 Frankfurt motor show. Overall, it was a far more desirable car, even if it was just effectively a light facelift - and much of this additional appeal was down to the option of more engines and body styles. The Kadett B was slightly larger overall, and compensated for this by having an enlarged 1.1-litre entry-level engine.

The range would end up being comprised of two- and four-door saloons (Limousines in Opel-speak), a fastback saloon designated as the Kadett LS, three- and five-door estates (known as Caravans), and the stylish Coupe. We didn't get them all in the UK, but in comparison with the rival Vauxhall Viva range, the Kadett offered a variation for everyone. The version that everyone wants today is the Coupe Rallye, which was powered by a 1.9-litre cam-in-head engine with twin carbs, and easily spotted thanks to stripes and a black bonnet.