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Opel Kadett B
Opel Kadett B Coupé, metallic
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Opel Kadett B Coupé, metallic
Item: 034722
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Collection Cars & Trucks
Series: Vintage car

Herpa expands their Vintage car series with an Opel Kadett B, a very popular coupé that was also used in sports car competitions. The miniature model is based on the vehicles of the manufacturing year 1967. Seven Opel Kadetts are available in HO (1/87) and N scales (1/160).

Opel Kadett
The Opel Kadett is a small family car produced by the German automobile manufacturer Opel between 1937 and 1940, and then again from 1962 until 1991 (Cabrio 1993), when it was replaced by the Opel Astra. [1] Production was suspended during WWII, then resumed in Russia as war reparations until 1956.

General Motors directed Opel to develop "the perfect Anti-Volkswagen" in 1957. The first of 649,512 Kadetts hit the sales lots in 1962; known as the Kadett A it was built until 1965.

The Kadett B was launched in summer 1965, with two- and four-door saloons (the latter in notchback and, from 1967, also in fastback form), a three-door estate, and two coupés (regular and fastback, or Coupé F). There was a sporting Opel Kadett Rallye, with a 1.9 L engine. Additionally, the two-seat Opel GT was heavily based on Kadett B components, its body made by a French contractor, Brissonneau & Lotz. Generally, the Kadett B was significantly larger than the Kadett A. Kadett B pruduction ended in July 1973: after the Bochum plant restarted following the summer shut-down, it was to produce the Kadett C ahead of its launch at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Between 1965 and 1973 Opel produced 2,691,300 Kadett Bs which makes this model one of the most successful Opels to date in terms of sales volume.

The Kadett B was sold in the United States through Buick dealers from 1967 until 1972 simply as the Opel. U.S. models were later granted the front end and trim of the new Opel Olympia, introduced in 1966 as an upmarket version of the Kadett. The car took part in the Trans-Am Series during its commercial life. Kadett A and B were technically simple cars whose task was to compete with the market leader, the Volkswagen Beetle.

This lack of sophistication caused the United States car magazine Car and Driver to publish a highly critical test of the Kadett in 1968, describing it as the "worst car in the world" and featuring photos of the car in a junkyard. Reportedly, GM withdrew ads from that magazine for several months as a consequence.

Opel Kadett B Coupé, metallic
Your metallic Kadett B Coupé is completely factory assembled. It’s securely packed in a form-fitted tray held inside a clear plastic carton with end opening flaps, with a red Herpa label decorates the packaging. A neat little package that reminds me of the Matchbox models of old.

The model is skillfully molded and assembled without any blemishes or flaws. Doors, hoods and panels lines are defined with fine recessed lines; the grille indentions and hood louvers are deeper. The door handles are slightly raised. A factory applied side view mirror adorns the driver side.

Underneath the car is a single-piece chassis with not only the basic molded detail, it has a separate exhaust pipe and muffler.

Soft tires with tread detail support the model.

Detail and Trim
The model features headlamps, signals, and tail lights of appropriately colored clear lenses.

Detail inside the passenger compartment is basic including a dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, and seats. This detail can be partial seen through the clear but small windows.

The silver coupé is trimmed with silver chrome accent strips around the windows, fenders and doors. Chrome also covers the grille and bumpers, detailed hub caps, and side view mirror. Wipers are molded into the windshield chrome.

Underneath is the separate muffler/exhaust pipe that peeks out from underneath the rear bumper.

This metallic Opel Kadett B Coupé is finished in silber/silver. It is shiney and opaque although some flakes of pigment are a wee bit large. Herpa also offers this model in gelb/yellow, and rot/red in 1/160 scale.

A chrome Opel emblem adorns the hood and trunk. It is printed on -- Herpa does not use decals.

Off the Lot
Herpa's little Kadett B Coupé is a sharp little model. The only dings are nitpicky: basic molded underchassis detail and some flakes of pigment are a wee bit large. Otherwise it is a delightful model Opel that can enhance your model railroad layout or automotive diorama of the era. Recommended.

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[1]. [2]. Wikipedia. Opel Kadett. [Web.] 29 May 2012.
Highs: Sharp molding and good detail. Headlamps, signals, and tail lights are of appropriately colored clear lenses.
Lows: Nitpicky: basic molded underchassis detail and some flakes of pigment are a wee bit large.
Verdict: Delightful model Opel that can enhance your model railroad layout or automotive diorama of the era.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 034722
  Suggested Retail: 10 €
  Related Link: Herpa Opel Series
  PUBLISHED: Jun 13, 2012

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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