1932 Opel 18C Regent
- Brand: Opel
The Opel 1.8 Liter Regent (also known as the 18B) was the second time Opel used the name 'Regent.' The first had been in 1928 on an eight-cylinder model with a 6-liter capacity, and a length of 212.6 inches. Bodystyles included a four-door limousine and a two-door coupe. The official name was Opel 24/110. The Opel Regent of the 1930s used a side-valve six-cylinder engine of 1790cc and initially backed by a three-speed manual transmission that was later replaced by a four-speed manual. Production began in January of 1931 and continued until November of 1933. This was the first new Opel to be built following General Motor's majority share acquisition in the company. It was also the first Opel to have been designed and developed by G.M. in North America.
First-year sales of the 1.8 Liter Series 18B reached 15,739 cars with the total German passenger car sales of 56,039 in 1931. Near the end of 1931, Opel introduced the Series 18C which had a broader range of body styles and few cosmetic changes including the prior two-piece bumper being replaced by a single-piece unit. Many of the prices were lower in reflection of price deflation in the German economy.
In mid-1932, an all-steel bodied 'Limousine' was added to the Regent lineup, and the following year came a four-door Series 18N six-light limousine.
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