Opel Calibra – once ridiculed, now valued
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Opel Calibra – once ridiculed, now valued

The history of the Calibra, produced from 1989 to 1997, is full of ups and downs. As with many cars produced at the turn of the 20th and 21st century, after its initial success and popularity, over time this model became a symbol of kitsch. However, this does not change the fact that today it is a sought-after four-wheeler with a flair. What is hidden in this inconspicuous model?

Calibra is a textbook classic for every pocket. It is worth getting interested in this machine right now. Soon it may turn out that the popularity among collectors will affect the price of the car. This is the last call to get a Calibra for investment or sentimental purposes

The ugly duckling

Until quite recently Calibra was considered an example of automotive passé and kitsch. What contributed to the not very positive fame? To answer this question, we must go back to the very beginning.

The Calibra was a coupé produced by the German company between 1989 and 1997 and, interestingly, production in the UK continued under the name Vauxhall Calibra until the end of the 1990s. The first Calibra models were front wheel drive only, but after 1990 Opel also offered a 4×4 version

General Motors designer Wayne Cherry, who created the Chevrolet Camaro and the famous Oldsmobile Toronado, was responsible for the concept car. Rarely can anyone boast such a portfolio. Besides, Cherry also designed the Astra, Corsa, Calibra and Tigra

Considering the model’s subsequent “anti-fame,” it’s hard to imagine that at the time of its production, the Calibra was considered a symbol of modernity and revolution in the automotive world. Moreover, for over 10 years the Calibra was the most aerodynamic car of the globe. It was only in 1999 that the Japanese Honda Insight dethroned the German production

There is no doubt that the Calibra was a very popular city car that found its way to the European market very well. This is evidenced primarily by statistics – Opel produced as many as 240,000 copies of this model. Despite its success and unprecedented popularity, the Calibra eventually became a symbol of the twilight of a previous era and had to retire into the shadows. At least for the time being

This model was superseded primarily by early 21st century productions, which no longer offered the angular design. More streamlined shapes became popular, which were the result of the work of engineers and designers on the aerodynamics of vehicles. The pursuit of fuel efficiency and performance became more and more important. Motorsports and the changing shapes of racing cars and rally cars probably contributed their three cents’ worth as well. Customers, accustomed to sporty shapes, wanted cars that resembled those found in prestigious races. As a result, Calibra prices were falling, and the model itself was associated with tastelessness and cheap production.

A beautiful swan

The early 1920s were a period of automotive renaissance. The productions that are 30 years old are back in favor – including the immortal Calibra. The masses of the previous era of motoring do not dazzle with their appearance, but attract with their exoticism – we rarely meet vehicles of this type on city streets. Many lovers of German motoring are guided by sentiment and memories of their youth. Cars like the Calibra are living proof of the existence of time machines. Who would not want at least for a moment to move to the times of childhood?

Following the automotive market, it is easy to notice this growing trend. Currently, you have to pay at least 10 thousand zlotys for a well-kept car. What is more, the price of the most polished ones is even three times as much. This is the last moment to invest money. A similar opportunity may not come again too soon. Especially considering the fact that the number of available units will only decrease


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