HERE'S MORE proof that not every Cuban old-timer ticks along on some
replacement Russian or Japanese diesel engine. A 1956 or '57 Opel
Kapitän, this German sedan is propelled by the same six-cylinder
gasoline engine with which it left the factory.
Kapitän has had a few useful modifications: an alternator in place
of a generator, an added console, a set of aftermarket
gauges. But after nearly 60 years of service, it remains remarkably
close to stock.
|Sold new by General Motors dealers, Opels were popular with Cuban car buyers in the 1950s.|
|Triple air horns are a Cuban addition, but six-cylinder engine is original.|
|Column-mounted shifter, and a great big wheel.|
CubanClassics: 1958 Opel Kapitän P1 L