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1950 Opel Olympia
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:59 am    Post subject: 1950 Opel Olympia Reply with quote

Morning all,

Perusing ebay this morning, I came across this unusual find - an Opel Olympia, that spent much of its life in South Africa before finding its way to the UK. It appears to be in fine fettle, although the hideous (to my eyes) plastic indicators screwed into the front wings would have to go.

https://ebay.to/2qxAtlg



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unusual yes but so ugly. Almost looks like a home made effort. Opel had a lot to learn regarding proportions.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the front it reminds me of the Renault Juvaquatre, a car I do quite like.

There are a few old photos of different Olympias on the main site, here http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/olympia-1950.htm.



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick,

Is this an early case of badge engineering. If you recall the Renault was one of the mystery cars and I identified it as the Opel only to be ‘put in my place’ by you insisting it was Renault Javaquare. Surprised

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't say I like the look of the car, I think its the headlamp position that makes it look odd to me.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Around the late 30s practically everybody had their headlights there but in separate housings, what makes it look odd is that these are faired into the bonnet sides, down to the wings and back to the A post but the wings are still similar to the norm for the time.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just had a thought. Could this be part of Germany’s war reparations to France. Giving them the designs and tooling to build from what I can see are virtually identical cars. The headlamps in the bonnet were an Opel feature before the war as were the Renaults. Is it possible that two independent design teams coming up with this design at the same time? According Wiki the Russians did get the tooling for the Opel as reparation.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are similarities but it's not a match





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