On 20 August 1962 German carmaker Opel introduced the new Opel Kadett A in Rüsselsheim. The Kadett name was previously used from 1937-1940. Development of the car started in 1957 when General Motors (Detroit) wanted to develop "the perfect Anti-Volkswagen" ("einen perfekten Anti-VW"). The car was designed by Karl Stief (director Adam Opel AG), Hans Mersheimer (bodywork) and Werner K. Strobel (engine). The car was built in the new Opel plant at Bochum, Germany and at a later stage at the General Motors plant in Antwerp.
|Predecessor: Opel Kadett 1 (1937 - 1940)|
|Opel Kadett A (1962 - 1965)|
In 1962 only the 2-door sedan was available. From March 1963 Opel also offered a more luxury model, the Kadett L, and an estate the Opel Kadett CarAVan 1000. In October 1963 a coupé version was introduced.
|Opel Kadett L A (1963 - 1965)|
|Opel Kadett CarAVan A (1963 - 1965)|
The engine, a 993 cc OHV L4, was the first all-new power unit developed by Opel after the second World War. It came with a choice from two power levels. The standard 1.0 litre with 29 kW, and in October 1963 the high compression "1.0 S-Motor" was added with 35 kW.
|Opel Kadett Coupé A (1963 - 1965)|
|Successor: Opel Kadett B (1965 - 1973)|
After 649.512 cars the production of the Opel Kadett A ended in 1965 when it was succeeded by the Opel Kadett B.
Opel Kadett German Advert I (1962)
Opel Kadett German Advert II (1962)
Opel Kadett German Advert III (1962)
Opel Kadett CarAVan German Advert (1963)