Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

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    Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

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    2015-04-30

    - KAD rarities: Opel takes part with rare Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat models
    - CEO at the wheel: Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann drives his own Diplomat A V8 Coupé
    - Well-known guest: German TV stars Gesine Cukrowski and Tim Wilde in Opel team






    Rüsselsheim. Opel will be present with some very special car when the fourth Bodensee Klassik starts in front of the festival hall in Bregenz, Austria at 14.00 CET on May 7. Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann will also be in the field with his very own Diplomat A V8 Coupé. The list of rarities from Rüsselsheim also includes a further, very rare Diplomat A Coupé with a 5.4-liter V8 engine with 230 hp and equally rare Admiral A and Kapitän A models with eight-cylinder power under the long hood. A Diplomat B and a Kapitän B round off the offer for old-timer fans.

    In total, 180 classic cars will take part in the tour taking them through parts of Germany, Austria and Switzerland before reaching the finish in Bregenz on May 9. The Opel CEO is not the only famous face to take to the wheel of one of the cars from Rüsselsheim. TV stars Gesine Cukrowski and Tim Wilde along with Opel Brand Ambassador and racing legend Joachim Winkelhock will also be at the start and complete the Opel-Classic-Team.

    The two Diplomat A V8 Coupé are members of an exclusive series consisting of only 347 unit produced by Osnabrück-based body makers Karmann from 1964 onwards. The vehicle identification number of Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann’s 1967 coupé ends in 347 – clearly identifying it as the last of the exclusive vehicles ever produced.

    “I have always been fascinated by the combination of the timelessly elegant coupé body of the Diplomat and the legendary Chevrolet Small Block V8,” said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “I have been the proud owner of this car for roughly six months now and I am delighted when I get the opportunity to take this icon for a spin.”

    The KAD models of the first series taking part in the Bodensee Klassik are all powered by various versions of the famous GM V8 engine that celebrated its debut 60 years ago and has been built over 100 million times to date.





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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    I bet in 1964-67 that was pretty sweet looking.
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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    I hope Volkswagen pranks Opel



    Since Opel is so fond of pranking its GTi clubs

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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket 88 View Post
    I bet in 1964-67 that was pretty sweet looking.
    I'd say it's still pretty sweet looking! Looks like an American car with a European twist.
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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Missed out on a chance to score a '70 Opel Kadett 2 door sedan. All original for cheap, I thought so anyway, that someone had imported. Maybe next time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajun G8 View Post
    I'd say it's still pretty sweet looking! Looks like an American car with a European twist.
    No wonder if you know the history of the KAD models.


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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Very nice, l wish Dr Karl's Opels were more like this today top of the range rather focusing on the very small car end of the market, l just wish Dr Karl's car could be more premium then Opel might be a bit more profitable for GM in Europe today.

    Great to see Opel losses dropping a little bit in the EU in Q1.
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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    ...is this supposed to mean something for a future Opel?

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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Opel has to out Engineer Audi to be considered for premium pricing.

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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Quote Originally Posted by sfbreh View Post
    ...is this supposed to mean something for a future Opel?

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    No, not at all.

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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Dead ringer for the Chevelle. This one even has the same '5.4 liter' 327.

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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Quote Originally Posted by Toto View Post
    No wonder if you know the history of the KAD models.

    Wow, easy to see the MB influence on that interior! That was a neat video.

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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Diplomat coupe?

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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Quote Originally Posted by KingElvis View Post
    Dead ringer for the Chevelle. This one even has the same '5.4 liter' 327.

    It is so funny - that Diplomat probably cost like 4 times as much as that Chevelle that surely is the same underneath LOL



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    Re: Bodensee Klassik: Opel CEO Neumann enters with Diplomat V8 Coupé

    Quote Originally Posted by KingElvis View Post
    Dead ringer for the Chevelle. This one even has the same '5.4 liter' 327.

    The resemblance is undeniable. Uncanny, even. Yet I believe the Diplomat is a completely different car.

    I'm basing this on what I read about the '75 Cadillac Seville - they wanted to use the Diplomat as the basis for the new Seville, but concluded they couldn't because the Diplomat couldn't be built on US production lines because - catch this - the tolerances in its construction were too tight! (I believe it also had an independent rear end which the Malibu of course lacked.)
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