The name Opel stands for solid, reliable cars. The Commodore being one of the luxury models from the Opel range. Based on the humble Rekord, dating back to 1953, the year the Olympia Rekord, designed by chief engineer Karl Stief, was introduced.
Opel has been renowned for its rather conservative evolution. New model ranges either had a facelift, upgraded engineering or new underpinnings. New body styles usually didn’t coincide with new drive trains, ensuring for a great deal of exchangeability amongst various models and ranges. Besides the standard usually quite sober model ranges, Opel offered its share of luxurious models, like the Commodore. All based on the same principle of solid, reliable engineering.
A neglected and well, derelict 1977 Commodore was it that Leen de Boer first set eyes on. Working with Opel since the age of 16, he saw his chance to build the Commodore of his dreams. Needy of parts, lots of parts, it took a pain staking long process to turn the initial wreck into the gem it is now. Completely in sync with the Opel tradition, Leen chose the more modern drive train of a Monza, fitted the car with the characteristic bulbed bonnet from the diesel version of the Rekord and made many more little tweaks before this unique classic was allowed back on the road.
This here Commodore is Leens’ pride and joy. For a long time no one but himself was allowed to drive it, until he finally had his partner have a spin in it. Since then they share their love for the Opel with the same passion. The slogan ‘Wir Leben Opel’ has become the standard in the De Boer household. It figured as their wedding car, earning its status as a part of the family. One thing is pretty clear, this car will stay with them for good.
Erik van Gerven