Opel Kadett C (1973-1979)
Opel Kadett C
Manufacturer : Opel
Productions : 1973-1979
Engine : inline 4 cylinder, 48.00 PS (34,83 kW or 46,77 HP) at 5600 Rev. per min.
Transmission : 4 speed manual transmission
Source : wikipedia.org
The Opel Kadett C appeared in 1973 and was Opel’s version of General Motors’ “T-Car”. The T-Car was also built in Japan by Isuzu and sold as the Isuzu Gemini and in Australia where it was marketed as the Holden Gemini. In South Korea, Saehan Motor then Daewoo Motor built a version of the Gemini originally known as the Saehan Gemini, later becoming the Daewoo Maepsy and Maepsy-Na after a final facelift.
The Kadett C formed the basis of the British Vauxhall Chevette, which had a restyled front end and launched with a hatchback body, in addition to using a 1256 cc OHV (over-head valve) Vauxhall engine rather than the 1196 cc OHV Opel engine. The Chevette made the Kadett C notable by allowing it to become Opel’s first hatchback — a version named Kadett City appeared in August 1975, based on the Chevette’s hatchback body. The Kadett’s coupé body style was never manufactured as a Chevette however. Although Kadett C production ended in 1979, the Chevette was produced until January 1984. Unusually for Vauxhall models, the Chevette was imported to Germany starting in 1979 to satisfy the need for a cheaper car than the Kadett D, and was quite a success for a year or two before being replaced by the Corsa A.