Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt. The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) will hold a special exhibition of classic cars at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA: www.iaa.de) from September 12 – 22. The theme is ‘The Stars from 1983’ and the VDA invites all IAA visitors to its stand in Hall 3.1 to enjoy the legendary vehicles on display.
As the Opel Monza GSE turned 30 years old this year, it is now officially a member of the classic car club. This coupé ancestor of the Opel Monza Concept Car, also being presented at the IAA (Hall 8, Stand D09), is an exclusive automobile, with sporty equipment and trim, powered by a 180 hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. One of its neat, functional highlights is an LCD display for data such as speed, rpm, fuel level and engine temperature. During the four years the Monza GSE was in production, 43,812 customers bought this Opel dream car.
The special exhibition also features other iconic cars from Opel. The youngest is the 170 hp Calibra V6, introduced 20 years ago and built from 1993 to 1997. The Opel Calibra was the most successful sports coupé of the 1990s and 238,647 units were built during its seven-year production run. This popular model was widely praised for its progressive design and recycling-friendly construction. It also set standards in terms of aerodynamics, boasting a cd value of 0.26, which is one of the lowest ever registered for a series production vehicle. The Calibra is extremely popular as a modern-day classic and will surely become a genuine classic car of the future.
Already established as a true classic is the 1963 Opel Kapitän L (L stands for luxury), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and is the third, and oldest, Opel highlight on the VDA stand. Straight lines and a stretched form are the Kapitän’s main bodystyling themes, while the slightly arched roof appears to hover over its large glass surfaces. Thanks to a full-view panorama windshield and the sloping panorama rear window, all-round visibility is superb. The 90 hp, six-cylinder in-line engine gave the Kapitän a top speed of 150 km/h. The 145,616 satisfied customers who bought this variant made it not only the most successful Kapitän ever, but also the best-selling six-cylinder sedan in Germany.