By the end of the 60s in America emerged as a new class of cars, which later became known as the “muscle car”. The so-called mid-sized by American standards cars, with an engine that is actually meant for larger, “full-sized” cars. As a rule, it was definitely cheap and affordable car, intended for everyday use.
Cars of this type had certain external characteristics: body type “fastback” (a two-door coupe or sedan with a very smooth (or even missing) the transition from the 2nd volume to the 3 he) or fasttop (roof, extended ago) aggressive grille panel “Coca-Bottle”shaped like a bottle of “Coca-Cola” chrome wheels with simulated air intakes integrated bumper at least chrome decor Response to this popular trend in design in Europe was the creation of a similar design budget of middle class cars. The most outstanding representatives of the European “Americans” were the cars of the German company Opel, owned by the American Corporation GM, and as a result, inherited American traits today. Here are the most striking examples of European “muscle car” from Opel.
Opel Manta, sports car belonging to the segment G. Debuted in 1970, together with the model Opel Ascona, Manta was a response to the rapidly growing popularity of the Ford Capri. The car was produced until 1988, in two generations A Manta and Manta B. Both generation was created on the basis of the Opel Ascona. This small European car had the appearance of a classic “muscle car”, but in smaller proportions. In the engine compartment housed four-cylinder petrol engine with water cooling, transferring power to the rear wheels, although the hood was allowed to set and the engines higher displacement and power than was used by Amateurs to tune their cars. Opel Manta has enjoyed considerable success in the European market, and in the 80s it became almost a cult car, especially in Germany and among the fans tuning.
Opel Ascona, passenger car of class D, or middle class, made its debut in 1970 as an entirely new model, replacing the outdated Opel Olympia. Opel Ascona was created as a model that will be able to compete with the European division of Ford, namely, the models of the middle class – Taunus and Cortina. Opel Ascona A was produced in three types of bodywork: two-door and four-door sedan and three-door station wagon (Caravan and Voyage). The car had a classic rear-wheel drive layout, a wide range of engines and meet the most varied requirements and as a sports coupe, family sedan, or wagon, some models used by the police. This model has been successfully involved in Motorsport: in 1974, the famous driver Walter Röhrl won the title of European champion rally.