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Pick of the Day: 1968 Opel Kadett Wagon

Tons sold in the U.S., but when’s the last time you saw one?


I used to see Opels once in a while as a kid. Both Mrs. Orr and Mrs. Hall had Opel wagons, though I think they both may have been the bigger 1900 that looks similar. These days, you may see an Opel GT here ‘n there, but something like this 1968 Opel Kadett Wagon is something I haven’t seen in decades—when was the last time you have seen one? For that reason, it’s the ClassicCars.com Pick of the Day. It’s listed for sale by a dealer in Woodland Hills, Calif. (Click the link to view the listing)

This generation of Opel Kadett first appeared at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the summer of 1965, and it lasted through the summer of 1973. It was Opel’s entry-level car around the world and competed on some level with the Volkswagen Beetle, though the Opel offered more space albeit in a more conventional layout. In the U.S., the Kadett was available from 1966-72 and was equipped slightly differently from European markets, with the trim being of the more upscale Olympia version, plus several lenses were modified to meet federal rules. Body styles also were limited in the U.S., but nonetheless there were Kadetts a-plenty for 1968, all two-doors: Sedan, Sport Sedan, LS and Deluxe Sport Coupes (fastbacks), Rallye (fastback), and Deluxe Wagon. They were marketed as the “Mini-Brute” complete with tongue-in-cheek advertising.

1.1-liter OHC four with twin Solex 35 PDSI carburetors
1.1-liter OHC four with twin Solex 35 PDSI carburetors

This restored 1968 Kadett Wagon (called Caravan in Europe) is a national show-winner with several trophies under its belt, including the Opel Nationals. It is powered by a 55-horsepower 1.1-liter OHC four with twin Solex 35 PDSI carburetors. “The engine has been fully detailed and runs well,” says the seller. “Under the hood, it retains the proper German parts from Bosch, Solex, SWF and ATE.” Shifting chores rely on the standard four-speed manual. Inside, the upholstery is in good shape, with the headliner and carpet being redone. The Kadett even has its original German Sekurit glass. Mileage is claimed to be 85K miles.

1968 Opel Kadett Wagon
1968 Opel Kadett Wagon

The price of German engineering, with more places to get it serviced than any other import (per old ads)? $24,900. In the world of old cars, that’s a small cost for a seemingly pristine collectible that you likely don’t bump into at the local bank drive-through.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


  1. Have owned every model of Opel, overhauled engines & transmission. Have put a lot of mileage. I can say that it’s probably one of the most Bulletproof cars of the 70S.

  2. I remember vividly when those sold new in our town. They were on a Dodge dealer lot. The owner was an a-hole and there was one Dodge that sat new on the lot for a few years. My brother and I walked past the lot to visit the market where we bought candy and gum. We would always drop our used gum in the tank filler of the Dodge on our way back home! An awful thing to do, but we were about 7 or 8 and in our mid 60’s now!


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