After 15 years on the market and three generations, the German brand has decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Commodore – its business sedan that appeared back in 1967 and was retired in 1982.
Three generations were created, and was succeeded by the Omega and now survives through the second-generation Insignia Grand Sport. The Commodore, more precisely, was the six-cylinder version of the Rekord – one very popular nameplate for the manufacturer. When introduced, it was powered by a 2.5-liter inline-six, single-carburetor engine, good for a mere 115 horsepower (85 kilowatts). It was joined in the lineup by the double-carburetor version, now with 130 hp (96 kW). Opel also sold the executive sedan with a four-speed manual or a two-speed automatic, which gave way for a new three-speed auto in 1969.
It was also derived with three body styles – two- and four-door sedans, and a two-door coupe, with total production values of 156,330 Commodore units for the first generation alone. The second generation appeared in 1972, as the Commodore B, delivered in coupe and sedan form with powers starting at 115 hp and ending at 160 hp (85 to 118 kW). It was even turned into a hardcore performer with a 6.0-liter V8 racing version – but it never had much success. The Commodore C was unwrapped in 1977 and the coupe version was retired in favor of the Senator-based Monza coupe. The change did bring a first ever station wagon – and the same engine, the 2.5-liter six-cylinder unit with 115 hp or 130 hp (85 kW and 96 kW) was carried over.