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Pick of the Day: Rally-style Opel Kadett

Compact General Motors imported coupe reworked to resemble competition version


Even before the introduction of the Opel GT with its Corvette-like styling, General Motors’ German affiliate in the 1960s was sending over fun-to-drive compact vehicles. Among them was the Opel Kadett, especially in Rally Kadett guise.

The Pick of the Day, being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Canton, Ohio, is a 1969 Opel Kadett Model 91 that has been redone in Rallye Kadett style.

“This little Opel started life as an unassuming Opel Olympia and lived a very quiet life only accumulating around 50,000 actual, original miles,” the dealer notes. “This extra clean little car was then ‘cloned’ into a ‘Rallye Kadett’. 

“The engine is a 1.1 SR factory high performance motor and features 65 cubic inches with 67 h.p. with 9.2:1 compression ratio and dual carbs.”

The engine is linked to an automatic transmission, presumably the 3-speed unit Opel installed back in the day. 

“To get the Rallye Kadett look, the correct style stripes were painted on,” the seller notes. “Correct Rallye Kadett emblems were applied along with a original tachometer. Correct-style front bumper fog lights were also added and wired directly to the OEM headlight switch. Rally wheels from an Opel GT were also added. Correct shoulder harness seatbelts were also added. 

“The paint (although not original color) is show quality and looks fantastic with its new vinyl top. The interior appears to be 100 percent original and nearly flawless. 

“The restoration is only a few years old with very few miles put on since.”

The car is offered for $14,995. 

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

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. THANK YOU – I have been asking to see one of these for a while. (Yes a 1968 (Gold/Black) Rallye with stick is what I learned on).

    I wasn’t aware there were any (even originally not a Rallye, but especially automatic) from many years before.

    This would be a great car even for someone doing the resurgence in older Japanese circuit too. Really at that time, this “import” (with a familiar distribution network here) was challenged by the Datsuns and Toyota that were breaking in more than the other Euro’s (frequently Brits and others) with their own issues.

  2. Quite nice – almost Mazda-esque somehow…I wonder what the original paint color was and if this copper color is period and Opel-correct. It would be nice to see a piece on the Opel Manta sometime also, Mr. Edsel – uh, I mean EDSALL!

    • Kadett Rallyes came in 4-5 colors that varied from each year. 1967-1970 we the only years you could get the Rallye model, this bodystyle as mentioned is not the Rallye body style 92. Also it is not a Rallye GT, the GT is the model that was built off of these Kadetts. Also a Rallye could come with an automatic, but only paired to a 1.9 and after 1969. This 1.1 Automatic is a rare combination, but only offered in the Sport Roof, Wagons, and LS Coupes model 95. It received the SR motor due to the automatic. Only available 1969-70 as an option.

  3. I don’t believe the interior picture is correct, unless there was extensive work done. Seats are definitely not Kadette, nor are door panels, handbrake.

  4. My first car was a ‘68 Opel Kadett, 4 on the floor. My dad bought it for $200! It was a fun, zippy car.

  5. Problem is ofcourse it’s niether Olympia nor Rallye. It’s a custom. I owned and enjoyed a red 67 Kadett Ralley with 1.1 and 4 speed. Great little car giving both highway speeds and 40 mph.

  6. …and the interior is from a …..Porsche? Had one in HS we called the Lead-Sled due to some prior owner
    doing the entire driver Q-panel thick as a brick in bondo.

  7. Not a bad looking car. Engine compartment is intriguing with the twin carb setup. Probably will sell in the 10 – 12 K range.

    • Has been sold at Mecum auctions twice, I recall the price selling at 10K and then at 11K, so you are right on the money

  8. I had a 1969 GOLD Ralley 1.9Liter High compression engine wood wheel and VDO gauges when I was in college in 1970’s and as an engineer we ported and polished head and added header and dual point (only real issue was the points) the car was a screamer put over 150,000 miles on it in Boston drove it to Houston Texas then sold it to one of my co-workers
    Miss that Car would out run most of the 289 Mustangs at the time and get over 25 MPG

  9. I had a 1969 “Sun yellow” Rallye Kadette, drove it for 10 1/2 years. Had a lot of fun with that car. It had the 1.9 L engine, 4 speed and as he said above, it would out run most of the small V8 Mustangs and Camaros. Also, in the Ralley version only, it came with a bigger rear end ratio than the other models, it was a 4.11/1, as opposed to other models that had a 3.18/1. And that is a really tall gear with 13″ wheels. I remember cruising down the highway at 70 MPH, and the tach resting at 4000 RPM ! Points yes, a problem. One thing I learned, when the needle on the electronic tach started to waver left to right, back and forth, it was time to replace, or reset, the points. I found an electronic points kit, in a JC Witney catalog, bought them and never had a points problem again. At one time, I built a dual carb manifold and ran 2, 2BBL Webers, ( that were intended for 2.0 L Ford Pintos). It ran great ! Memories, of that car, FUN,FUN,FUN !!!


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