>In the late summer of 1965 Opel finally concluded that their Series A Rekord was looking pretty dated and that the time was right to replace it with a newer model, the aptly entitled Opel Rekord Series B.

Opel had been producing Rekords since before the Second World War.

Opel had established a winning formula or placing an attractive body, but not overly so, on a solid chassis and powering it with a four-cylinder engine, with some permutations in production since the Thirties.

The Rekord B shared the wheelbase with the A, although from then onwards the changes were significant and many.

To begin with, the Rekord B had undergone a complete body re-design once again with strong similarities to its UK cousin, the soon to be released Vauxhall Viva HB.

However, it was in the powertrain that the significant changes took place, with GM having developed a new and technically advanced series of four-cylinder engines, with an integrated camshaft operated through its cylinder head.

The new and revolutionary engine developed painstakingly at the GM R&D provided the Rekord B with dramatically improved performance level across the range of four-cylinder engines available for the model.

The three choices were once again the 1492cc and 1698cc as well as the latest edition a 1897cc.

As well as its standard four-speed manual transmission, the 1900 S version could also come fitted with fully automatic transmission.

Continuing their policy of never changing a winning team, the Rekord B came with the same model choice like the A, series- a four-door sedan, a two-door sedan, two-door coupe and three door estate.

Opel also introduced a panel van version of Rekord B, which proved to be a strong seller in the light commercial sector.

It soon became evident to those following developments in the West Europe car industry that Opel saw the Rekord B as something of “ stop-gap” between the A and the C, and even came fitted with a few of the refinements that would come with Opel’s new Rekord, released less than a year later.

The Rekord B series only remained in production for just over a year, a factor that either indicates Opel’s tremendous efficiency or lack of it.

During the annual summer break at Opel’s massive plant at Russelsheim- am- Main in 1966, the Rekord B was taken out of production and replaced with the Rekord C with nary a hiccup.

Despite its short production run, the Opel Rekord B series put up a creditable performance, selling slightly fewer than 300,000 models in exactly one year.


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