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1963 Opel Kadett 'Oliver' [A]

1963 Opel Kadett [A] in Top Gear, Non-fiction TV, 2002-2014 IMDB Ep. 10.04

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE — Made for: ZA

1963 Opel Kadett 'Oliver' [A]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle

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Star Wars Fanatic EN

2007-11-05 14:57

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Hammond's Oliver :lol:

Sunbar UK

2007-11-05 15:36

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Great, a right hand drive 1963 Opel Kadett [A]. :king: So I wasn't imagining that they existed. :D

Any idea where and in what countries they were originally sold? Was either Sweden or Norway right hand drive at that time?

I know the UK company I worked for had one for two years sometime before 1966. But I don't known if it was a 'one-off' import.



-- Last edit: 2007-11-05 15:38:03

Weasel1984 PL

2007-11-05 16:07

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Sweden to 3.9 1967 had right-hand drive traffic

Alexander DE

2007-11-05 16:08

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It was Sweden that had right hand drive until 1967.

Here is a film scene where the cars change from the left to the right side of the road while crossing the border to Norway.
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chris40 UK

2007-11-05 16:18

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But in Sweden they were importing and selling left-hand drive vehicles for some time before the changeover, surely? I'm wondering rather whether this one was assembled locally in South Africa. Sunbar's example must have been a one-off as the Kadett A wasn't officially imported into the UK. (Might have been in Ireland, though?)

twingoman EN

2007-11-05 16:25

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Hammond became so attached to this car he had it shipped back to England, according to the article in Top Gear Magazine.

TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2007-11-06 17:54

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I can never watch this episode without thinking of a certain musical...wonder which one it is...:P

Ingo DE

2007-11-06 19:24

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The license-plate (Gauteng Province = Area Johannesburg) shows, that's in South Africa.

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crazyforcars12 EN

2007-11-08 19:55

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They are right hand drive?

Ingo DE

2007-11-09 22:56

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Yes, the countries in Southern Africa (South Africa, Nambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana) have left-side-traffic. I don't know, how it's in Angola and Mocambique.
The countries, which were former British colonies, have the traffic on the left

By the way: ther must be some borders in Africa, where the traffic has to change the side of the road. The francophone countries have right-side-traffic.

rpcm PT

2007-11-10 01:20

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Due to the proximity with the former British colonies, traffic in Mozambique also rides on the left. In Angola traffic rides on the right side.

crazyforcars12 EN

2007-11-10 11:41

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For those who have wanted to know what happens to traffic at the border of 2 countries that drive on opposite sides, have a look at this:

Link to "maps.google.com"

The land on the right, drives on the left, while the land on the left drives on the right. Still with me?

Ingo DE

2007-11-10 11:45

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Thanks for the link, a very intelligent solution. But on a dusty country-road somewhere in Africa they won't have this construction.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2007-11-10 12:06

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Wikipedia says that at some borders traffic lights are used to stop vehicles while traffic from the other side is going through the changeover point, like when a road is reduced to one lane because of roadworks.
Link to "en.wikipedia.org"

If the traffic is very light, a few signs reminding people to change over would be enough.

TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2007-11-12 17:17

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Isn't it a 64? I swear it was :S

crazyforcars12 EN

2007-11-12 19:02

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Actually that's a good point, they called it last night "a love story between a man and a 43 year old car named oliver" which means 1964?

TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2007-11-18 22:10

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No it is 63, he confirmed it tonight.

PaseoGalliano EN

2008-01-26 00:43

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OLIVERRR!!!

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l88/Samjarv/Top%20Gear%20Pics/tg76.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l88/Samjarv/Top%20Gear%20Pics/tg74.jpg

Raul1983 FI

2008-07-17 08:51

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I was very impressed how well "Oliver" survived in the roughest terrain. It just kept on going.

shiraqio67 UK

2008-07-30 17:05

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Hammond is now having Oliver the Opel restored by the British old car magazine Practical Classics.

J-2 ES

2008-11-04 06:50

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He made a cameo in the new episode of season 12, they put it behind Hammond┤s truck, which he had to run on a hill, but he refused to keep going because it was going to hit Oliver... :D

DolomiteFan EN

2009-08-26 03:20

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This proves that Hamster is a little bit gay because he called it a male name not a female name

Gag Halfrunt UK

2010-01-27 14:02

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The South African registration would have begun PSL, not P5L. OLIV3R is not a possible UK registration number.

twingoman EN

2010-01-27 14:54

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The plate on the car now is whats known as a show plate. Not sure whether he has actually registered it in this country, though.

Benja CL

2010-09-08 03:07

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I love u oliver !!!

rjluna2 US

2010-09-08 03:11

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Ingo wrote The license-plate (Gauteng Province = Area Johannesburg) shows, that's in South Africa.

Yep, made for South Africa due to white front retroreflector right next to the indicator...

Scumbag SE

2011-04-25 02:04

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That type of Kadett was actually produced 1962-1965 1000cc 40bhp later with 48 bhp!
My dad had one model 1964 48bhp left hand drive(offcourse I'm from sweden)Greyish blue.He had it from 71-73
Sadly the engine broke down after a couple of months but after a engine rebuild it was fine!
It was the first car I ever "drove"! About 200 yards o a dirtroad in Dalarna in Sweden! Only in first gear though I was like 15 years old! With my dad at my side I didn't nick it!Iv'e had a couple of 66 Opel Rekord my self One with actually automatic gearbox and a beautiful white Coupe!

Scumbag SE

2011-04-25 13:01

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chris40 wrote But in Sweden they were importing and selling left-hand drive vehicles for some time before the changeover, surely? I'm wondering rather whether this one was assembled locally in South Africa. Sunbar's example must have been a one-off as the Kadett A wasn't officially imported into the UK. (Might have been in Ireland, though?)

Nope! Not for sometime! Allways! Iv'e now of cars from the early 50's and they are also lefthand drive!

twingoman EN

2012-04-12 09:39

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Looks like Oliver is going to be getting a second restoration, this time putting it back to a completely original condition:

Link to "www.topgear.com"

Now has the UK registration ANP210A

The vehicle details for ANP 210A are:
Date of Liability 01 01 2013
Date of First Registration 17 09 2008
Year of Manufacture 1963
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1000cc
CO2 Emissions 0g/Km
Fuel Type PETROL
Export Marker N
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour YELLOW
Vehicle Type Approval Not Available

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maxman CA

2013-07-03 06:27

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I thought they bought the cars in Britain before going to Botswana, rather than buying them locally. Jeremy's Lancia Beta coupÚ was RHD as well, while May's Mercedes was LHD.

chris40 UK

2013-07-03 08:11

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The Kadett [A] was never officially sold in the UK; sales started with the Kadett [B]. I'm not sure about Ireland.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2013-07-03 12:14

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@maxman: Oliver the Kadett has South African plates. South Africa and Botswana both drive on the left.

The Mercedes is also right hand drive.
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