• Short Summary

    A NEWLY DESIGNED GERMAN CAR, THE OPEL 'KADETT', WAS SHOWN TO THE PRESS TODAY (MONDAY).?

  • Description

    A NEWLY DESIGNED GERMAN CAR, THE OPEL 'KADETT', WAS SHOWN TO THE PRESS TODAY (MONDAY). THE FOUR-SEATER SALOON, FILMED AT OPEL'S RUESSELSHEIM FACTORY, IS CLAIMED TO HAVE MET INCREASING CONSUMER DEMANDS FOR MORE DRIVING COMFORT, FASTER ACCELERATION, HIGHER TOP SPEED.

    THE ALL-STEEL KADETT, OFFERED AT ABOUT GBP470, HAS A NEW FOUR-CYLINDER TYPE ENGINE OF 60.59 CUBIC INCHES DISPLACEMENT. IT DEVELOPS 46 HORSE-POWER AT 5,200 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE. THE CAR'S ENTIRE STEERAGE AND LINKAGE ARE LUBRICATED FOR LIFE AND REQUIRE NO SERVICE; THERE ARE NO LUBRICATION POINTS ON THE CHASSIS AS MAINTENANCE-FREE JOINTS ARE USED THROUGHOUT.

    NUMEROUS TECHNICAL NOVELTIES ARE REVEALED IN THE CHASSIS LAYOUT. THE FRONT AXLE WITH INDEPENDENT FRONT SUSPENSION AND STEERING IS IN ONE ASSEMBLY GROUP. A NEWLY DESIGNED WIDE GAP SPRING IS MOUNTED IN FRONT AND ACTS ALSO AS A CURVE-STABILISER. STEERING IS OF THE SELF-ADJUSTING RACK AND PINION TYPE. THE KADETT'S ENGINE IS IN THE FRONT; ITS DRIVE IS FROM THE REAR.

    THE VEHICLE'S BODY CONSISTS OF 12 MAJOR COMPONENTS ONLY, SIDE PANELS ARE OF ONE SINGLE STAMPING. A STEP-DOWN FLOOR PROVIDES PLENTY OF LEG ROOM. THERE ARE NO SPACE-CONSUMING FRONT WHEEL HOUSINGS. THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT IS VERY ROOMY FOR EASY SERVICING. TWO SEPARATE BUCKET-TYPE SEATS COMPLETE WITH SEAT BACKS CAN BE TILTED FORWARD FOR EASIER ENTRANCE TO REAR SEAT BENCH, STANDARD ARE: COMBINED STEERING AND IGNITION LOCK, FRESH-AIR HEATER AND DEFROSTER, AND WINDSHIELD WASHER. DOOR LOCKS WITH SAFETY DEVICE AGAINST UNINTENTIONAL OPENING, PADDED UPPER PART OF INSTRUMENT PANEL, CATCHES ON FRONT SEATS TO PREVENT UNINTENTIONAL TILTING, AND ATTACHMENTS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SEAT BELTS ADD TO INTERIOR SAFETY.

    TOP SPEED OF THE KADETT IS ABOUT 75 MILES PER HOUR. ITS FUEL CONSUMPTION IS AROUND 32 MILES PER GALLON. THE CAR HAS BEEN SEVERELY TESTED OVER HUNDREDS OF MILES ON THE PROVING GROUNDS AT RUESSELSHEIM, IN VARIOUS EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, AND IN AMERICA. THE OPEL COMPANY HAVE GREAT HOPES FOR THEIR LOW-PRICED, HIGH PERFORMANCE CAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA54GYVFQDNRVCZ4UURDWPJS41H
    Media URN:
    VLVA54GYVFQDNRVCZ4UURDWPJS41H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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