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Just a few months ago I got the opportunity to catch one of these beautiful cars myself. It’s amazing to see this video and how much this vehicle is appreciated despite not being a big name. I can only hope to reach such a high level of polish as this restoration has received. Amazing! And a very well put together video if I might add.
gerade heute habe ich diesen Opel bei uns im Dorf gesehen ! Er sieht schon toll aus, das kann man nicht anders sagen. Auch wenn ich nie ein Opel Fan war.
Im übrigen passt Joe irgendwie perfekt in den Opel. Wie er darin “crused” ist schon ziemlich lässig.
Grüße aus der Nähe von Rüsselsheim !
About 6 months ago my stepfather, call me and said that i had to buy car, i said I don’t need a car, and he said, well you have to buy this one, its a special car. I ask him wich car is, and he told me Opel Kadett 4 doors from 1968, i ask him what was the condition of the car and he told like new, and i laugh 😂, because how could be after 50 years. I agree to buy it, at the time i was abroad, and when i retun home after a couple of months,… Read more »
Lovely car! Great story, well told.
I love it. What a GREAT little car, what a cool story.
The incarnation of classic car enthusiasm is spelled DeBattista. Joe and his dad Joseph are not just passionate collectors of classic cars but also gifted mechanics who built and restored cars to Concours perfection. Like my 65 Jensen CV-8, which had been painstakingly ground up restored by them in record breaking time. Joe and his dad personally delivered the car from San Francisco to LA a couple of hours before the car entered the Greystone Concours de Elegance in 2014… and won the ‘Best Restoration’ award. Unforgettable moments with Joe and Joseph DeBattista.
Thank you Chris for the kind words, that was a really fun project.
Thank you to everyone at Petrolicious for this great film of the Opel. We have a lot of fun with this car and others. That engine in the video is for a Jensen Interceptor we are currently working on.
What a sweet, sweet video! I love the humility both gentlemen show, especially toward each other. And the car! Oh, that dainty little gear lever, the way the car sounds like a small swarm of bees lazily flying by, the honesty of the shape; this is a good one.
Oliver was a Sedan, look at pictures of him it’s pretty crazy Opel redesigned so much for the Sports Coupe. The roofline and front end are completely different. A big investment by a manufacturer to make two bespoke front ends for the same car with just a different trim.
This is the Petrolicious I love. The transcendent storytelling put a smile on my face and kept it there for the duration. I hope for many more quietly told stories like this one.
What I love about this series of videos is their diversity. According to the literature, this Kadett was produced for three years, so obtaining parts for the restoration must have been very challenging. Production of the 1 liter, OHV, I4 engine starts with this car, and continues for 30 years, with minor variations. From the beginning the engine had advanced features for the period such as aluminum pistons; a hydraulically tensioned, chain driven cam shaft; hollow push rods; and an aluminum intake manifold. The fact that this engine has never been apart says a thing or two about their longevity.