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Opel Running Six Vehicles in 2017 Bodensee Klassik

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2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, 1976 Opel Diplomat B V8 extended wheelbase, and 1966 Opel Admiral A V8

From left to right: 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, 1976 Opel Diplomat B V8 extended wheelbase, and 1966 Opel Admiral A V8

Opel is going to have a considerable presence at the sixth Bodensee Klassik, which gets underway this coming Thursday. This year’s iteration of the three-day classic car rally—which starts and ends in the city of Bregenz in Austria—will field an appropriate total of six classic Opels from years gone by.


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The vehicles slated to participate in the Bodensee Klassik this year include the No. 11 1976 Opel Diplomat B V8 extended wheelbase; No. 12 1966 Opel Kapitän A V8; No. 13 1956 Opel Kapitän A; No. 14 1991 Lotus Omega; No. 15 1966 Opel Admiral A V8; and No. 16 1972 Opel Commodore B GS/E.

1966 Opel Admiral A V8 and 1976 Opel Diplomat B V8 extended wheelbase

1966 Opel Admiral A V8 and 1976 Opel Diplomat B V8 extended wheelbase

The 1976 Diplomat B V8 with extended wheelbase was once used to shuttle former President of the United States Gerald Ford during his visit to Germany in that same year, and it will be driven by Opel Vice President Sales & Aftersales Peter Küspert and actor Roman Knižka during the rally.

Opel brand ambassador Joachim Winkelhock and TV star Tim Wilde will team to drive the No. 12 Kapitän V8, which is one of only 130 built with a V8 engine. Drivers for the remaining four vehicles have not yet been announced, but each stands on its own merits—the No. 13 Kapitän A is the two-millionth Opel ever built, and the No. 14 Lotus Omega is the fastest street-legal Omega ever built.

The rally this year takes place between May 4th-6th.


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