Many concept cars go nowhere. The 1981 Opel Tech 1 laid the groundwork for the 1986 Opel Omega and the rest of Opel’s cars for the decade.
This Club version of the Opel Omega attracted my attention recently. Audi justifiably get recognition for their strict rationalism. The Omega, it seems to me, demonstrates much the same seriousness.
The Omega advances the aerodynamic style of the Tech 1 and neatens some of the details. The wheel arch is handled more proficiently and the Opel Omega dodges the cliché of the window line curving at the A-pillar. I even fancy Opel nodded a little towards Velizy in that with some tweaks this could have been a Citroen DX estate: the year is right.
Another irony here is that Opel were pursuing a quite serious industrial design ethic here and if you compare it to the industrial design-style Passat B3 of 1988 it’s much more refined; compared to the styled 1996 B5 it’s more industrial design in its style. The B5 is actually quite sculptural on its flanks.
You don’t see these around much (and its Granada peer is as rare) so this is a good chance to evaluate a rather forgotten bit of automotive design. I grant that the W-124 is better made but gets a disproportionate amount of attention in comparison to the Omega A which shows comparable discipline within the framework of its form-language.