This Kapitän is a survivor

   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.
   The 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.

See also:

O Kapitän

CubanClassics: 1958 Opel Kapitän P1 L


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