“We have a 1969 Opel Kadett Super Wagon for sale. It is running, starts with a jump. It has sat for over a year and needs a tune up. It was imported in 1970 From Germany and we are the 3rd owner. Orignal bill of sale available and import documents.
It has 39,000 original miles on it. Like new interior, no dents, some small surface rust. It has collector status. Located in Squamish.”
Is it the prettiest car in the world? Hell no. Is it just funky enough to qualify for funky Eastern Bloc status? Hell yes. And with just two doors, it’s one of the few wagons that can make any comrade look as suavely sporting as possible while still retaining the ability to haul around at least a few citizens’ weekly stuff allowances. Oddly enough, although it’s a vehicle that’s rarely seen and even less often thought of, it was the second most popular import car in the United States in 1969; it’s 1.1L and optional 1.9L four cylinders rewarding its thrifty buyers with over 30 miles to the gallon.
Although the 39,000 “original” (as opposed to aftermarket?) miles is a claim that’s hard to swallow, the greater fear would be the alleged surface rust. With Squamish, B.C. being only slightly drier than the bottom of the Marianas Trench, it seems unlikely that surface rust wouldn’t have taken deeper root within the Kadett’s flanks… which, given the rarity of Kadett Super Wagon body panels, could represent an expensive proposition. But, that being said, at just $900, it’s a damn sight better than walking, and a vastly better choice than that similarly priced Tercel hatchback.