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1985 Opel Kadett Caravan Diesel [E]

1985 Opel Kadett Caravan [E] in Bugs, TV Series, 1995-1999 IMDB Ep. 1.01

Class: Cars, Wagon — Model origin: DE

1985 Opel Kadett Caravan Diesel [E]

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


electra225 IT

2011-12-21 23:50


Not a Vauxhall Astra estate Mk II ?

Lateef NO

2011-12-21 23:52


It has Opel written on the lower right of the hatch ;)

-- Last edit: 2011-12-21 23:52:51

ingo DE

2011-12-21 23:54


And it has an Irish plate.

-- Last edit: 2011-12-21 23:54:30

Lateef NO

2011-12-22 00:03


Really? Looks British to me, and it shows up on DVLA. Opels were still sold in the UK at the time, along with their Vauxhall counterparts.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2011-12-22 00:07


No, it's a UK plate - B64 SDG. DG was allocated to Gloucester.

A pre-1987 Irish rear plate would be red, not yellow.

-- Last edit: 2011-12-22 00:08:34

dsl SX

2011-12-22 00:15


Just to make this one more interesting Opel Kadett sales in UK stopped in 82/3, so this is a personal import - maybe from Ireland but more likely as a UK purchase from Europe for cheaper price than Vauxhall in the days when UK cars were a lot more expensive than Europe and you could order a UK spec RHD version from a dealer in Germany/France/wherever and they had to supply one under EEC regulations. Happened a bit in the 80s and then fairly serious in the 90s.

Lateef NO

2011-12-22 00:20


/vehicle.php?id=115652 according to Sunbar, the last Opel officially sold in the UK was the Manta which ceased production in 1988.

-- Last edit: 2011-12-22 00:23:44

dsl SX

2011-12-22 00:30


Glass's gives a similar picture to Sunbar's analysis. The last official UK Kadetts were 1.3 2/4 door saloon and 3/5 door hatch, introduced Nov 79, discontinued Sept 81; followed by 1.6S 3 door and 1.6 5 door S Berlina introduced Dec 81, discontinued beginning 83.

-- Last edit: 2011-12-22 01:19:54

cortina.chris EN

2011-12-22 19:52


were some opels imported later when vauxhall were on strike to supply dealers with stock.

dsl SX

2011-12-23 00:35


Interesting idea, but if badged as Opels, they should still show in Glass's. Any idea on likely dates?

Sunbar UK

2011-12-23 11:45


cortina.chris wrote were some opels imported later when vauxhall were on strike to supply dealers with stock.

Vauxhalls and Opels were produced in the same factories both being made in the UK and on the continent so no issues with non-supply of UK made cars.

The other way is that Opels were and still are imported into the UK privately as personal or vehicle broker imports as currency exchange rate and local pricing often made it cheaper.

edit: as said previously its listed as an Opel on the DVLA website

Date of Liability 01 06 1996
Date of First Registration 22 03 1988
Year of Manufacture 1985
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1598cc
Vehicle Colour GREY

It has therefore been purchased from an Opel dealer abroad and registered in that country then imported into the UK.
The car here was imported probably 3 years from new. It could have been owned by someone in the British Army whilst stationed in Germany.
It could be either LHD or RHD, Opel dealers can order RHD cars with no restrictions. It would then be re-registed in the UK.

-- Last edit: 2011-12-23 12:16:17

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