For two wonderful years the Opel Kadett and Opel Astra F shared space at Opel dealers across this wonderful continent (1991 to 1993).
And Bertone in Turin supplied the car too. That Bertone supplied the mechanism and built the bodies is news to me. It competed with the Ford Escort cabriolet, made by Karmann, and the Golf cabriolet, made by Karmann, which was the Mk 1 Golf, as per 1974 minus a roof. In addition to traditional Opel qualities, the Kadett also had a certain degree of Italian style lacking from its peers…
…..No. That’s a bit too Myles Gorfe, isn’t it? What I really meant to write was that the cabrio is inoffensive but it has no Italian style at all. If it’s not bad it’s also not especially great. Bertone didn’t know how to deal with the painted frame of the door and it stops rather abruptly, just short of the radius of the windscreen frame.
The aerodynamic wheel arches are carried over from the hatchback and I think that’s an GSi bumper, without the foglamps. It took Pininfarina and Peugeot until 1993 to get the small cabriolet concept exactly right: the 306 is a looker, top up or top down. The Opel here has too much of an expedient revision though I dare they that doesn’t stop them being fun. If you could find one with black paint the graphic problems go away. For the Astra F the designers blended the roof with the body much more smoothly. It’s very handsome (of course).
I should mention that I am still on the look-out for the convertible version of the Astra F, to complete my celebration of the Astra’s 25th anniversary.