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This old orange Opel Rekord 1900 – which has been standing in the street, despite the No Parking signs, and the construction work going on around it. I thought it had a retro feel to it.

I think the Opel Rekord sold / was produced in the UK as the Vauxhall Victor and the US as the Chevrolet Opala.

Nikon D7000, Lensbaby Composer Pro, f/4 disc. (possibly with teleconverter) ISO 400, 1/8000s. Manual focus. No post-pro other than RAW conversion to JPG in ViewNX2.

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lensbaby, car, retro, construction, opel, rekord

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  • adriangeronimo
    adriangeronimoabout 3 years ago

    my uncle used to have one of those, but in white. i like the depth of field in this shot, and where it’s placed. the car and the whole thing looks like one of those miniature display things.

  • Adrian, nice to think this shot brought back memories. I’m pleased the “toytown” effect I was trying to create came over:-) Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 3 years ago

    I think it was called a Cavalier over here Kasia except when it was in Manta trim & then they came exclusively in Polar White! Brings back fond memories :o) xx

  • Robin, thanks! Nice to hear the memories were fond ones.
    I went out and checked for you: It is actually an Opel Rekord – which I think sold / was produced in the UK as the Vauxhall Victor. The Opel Manta was much sportier, competing with the Ford Capri.
    There is a whole cult scene around Manta drivers in Germany:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 3 years ago

    I owned two Capri’s one 1600 followed by a 2.8 special with LSD & 5 speed box!
    I also owned an Opel Manta 1800GT. Not quite the GTE but a fun car just the same :o)
    Actully lost count of the cars I’ve owned now. Gave up counting after we got into the 30’s
    No not the 1930’s :o) xx

  • Oh, dear. I’ll just have to tell you a couple of Manta jokes then – but I’ll keep to the family viewing ones:
    Why do they now build Mantas with 8 headlights? – So the drivers can wear their sunglasses at night.
    What is left of a burnt-out Manta? A gold chain and a weeping hairdresser.
    Manta driver in the workshop: Fix the horn… Mechanic: But the brakes are worn out. Manta Driver: Yep, that’s why I need the horn!

    – Kasia-D

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 3 years ago

    I bought the Manta for Elaine.
    The Capri 2.8 Special was mine. Thought it was a great car.
    Even thought it was a fast car till I met a Lancia Thema Turbo.
    I do miss my Scooby Imprezza Turbo, now that was a fun car!
    But then I miss my Trooper 2.6 too but for different reasons.
    My Hillman Calafornian, now that was a classic!
    Car jokes, think I’ve driven a few of them too.
    Better dash got to do a wee bit of work.
    Awe ra best sweet pea! :o) xx

  • :-)

    – Kasia-D

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