Thursday, October 22, 2015

1959 Opel Olympia Rekord

1959 Opel Olympia RekordWhen I first spotted this Opel wagon, I thought it was a late '50s Ford or Chevy wagon. The worn blue paint looks like something you'd see on an old Ford. The windshield and pillars have a similar design to the Chevy Nomad. The side trim looks a bit like the side trim on the '56 Ford Wagon. Of course, once you have a look at the front end you instantly know it's something unusual. It's different, but in a good way! I especially love the way it looks with the skis and picnic basket on the roof! I honestly wouldn't mind having this sweet little wagon. It would garner a lot of attention at cars shows, especially parked next to a much larger wagon. This example looks good and the seller states it is in great mechanical condition. It does have a few rusty areas that will require attention, but the seller provided photos of the areas so you can see what your getting into. If you think this is a project for you, find it here on eBay in Salem, Oregon with bidding just over $1k without a reserve.

1959 Opel Olympia Rekord InteriorThe interior is worn and used, but complete. It looks very much like the interior of an American car of the era.

1959 Opel Olympia Rekord engineThe engine is said to be in great shape and all original. It looks very much original and could use a good detailing.

1959 Opel Olympia Rekord rustWhile there are a few other rust spots, this is the one that worries me the most. It might not be that bad to fix, but it will require paint work and it's difficult to say what might be lurking underneath this spot.

1959_opel_station_wagon_It isn't perfect, but this Opel looks like it would be a fun little car to zip around in. I'm sure it will garner lots of attention and start plenty of conversations! If bidding doesn't go up much more, it seems like it would be a stellar deal for a rare classic that already runs and drives. So would you buy this wagon and if so, would you just leave it as is and drive it or would you go ahead and restore it?