OPEL SENATOR

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Opel Senator

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What can you say? It is a big model of a big car. Corgi released the Opel Senator in 1980, keeping it in the range until 1982 when it was deleted. You will see it in dark blue, bronze or silver. I've also seen some variations in the moulding of the radiator grille - which I'll need pictures of - that seem to follow a face-lift in the life of the car on which it was modelled. The blue and bronze cars seem to be more common than the silver ones and consequently you'll have to pay more to get one in silver.

Here's Wikipedia on this car: "It was essentially the top of the range Vauxhall and Opel being a lengthened and highly specified Carlton, Omega or Rekord depending on the year and the market.

The Opel Senator was a large motor car, two generations of which were sold in Europe by the German General Motors subsidiary, Opel, from 1978 until 1994. A saloon, its first incarnation was also available with a fastback coupé body as the Opel Monza and Vauxhall Royale Coupe.

Through the international divisions of General Motors, it was also known in various markets as the Chevrolet Senator, Daewoo Imperial (in South Korea), Vauxhall Royale and Vauxhall Senator. "

I'm sure there was a Holden version too in Australia. I always rather liked them although the Carlton in particular was spoiled in the UK because of the company car legislation of the time which gave you a heavy tax penalty if your company car had an engine bigger than 1800cc. This meant that there were a lot of big, high spec cars like this with inadequate engines.

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