Buick didn’t have a homegrown compact in 1968, so its dealer body steered shoppers toward the line of imported GM-produced Opel cars that Buick marketed from the late 1950s through 1975, led by...
Oh my goodness that has got to be the funniest thing I've ever heardI well recall one of the line mechanics complaining that he could not imagine measuring his private member in centimeters, even if it did sound bigger.
Here is a picture of my first foray into the Buick / Opel world, a new 1969 Riviera, bought as I graduated from college. At the time I thought that it was the most beautiful car on the road. It had a 430 cu.in., 360 hp engine and would run like stink. I wish that I still had it. I didn't buy an Opel until '73 when I bought my GT as my commuter car.Very nice summary Michael. It is rare to see anyone writing a few paragraphs about Opels and Buick that are completely factual. The only thing I would add is that German labor had also increased, making the cars even more expensive.
Yes, if Buick had continued selling German made Opels in 1976, even cutting frills to the bone, a rubber floor mat Opel would have been about $5,000.
Even the Hemmings ad has a glaring error: "The dual Solex carburetors installed by the factory have been replaced by a single Weber 45 DCOE carburetor,,," The writer has confused the 1.1 liter engine which might have come with dual Solex carbs, with the Solex two barrel single carb on the 1.9.
I have a real soft spot for the 68 to 70 gold rallye cars.