The name Opala may come from the opal , which is a precious stone, colourless when extracted from the soil, but which acquires multiple tones when exposed to light. Structured data Captions English Add a one-line explanation of what this file represents. Founded in January , General Motors do Brasil originally only assembled, and later, manufactured, light trucks and utilities until the mids, when they decided to produce their first Brazilian-made passenger car. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3. The following other wikis use this file: The first model was the four-door sedan in the trims “Especial” Special and “Luxo” Deluxe. It was the first time that this type of toy based on an Opala was produced.
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GM claims that this was not their intention, as the name Opala – one of six finalists from thousands of suggestions – was chosen by a journalist.
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It was used by the Brazilian Federal Police for many years.
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Structured data Captions English Add a one-line explanation of what this file represents. An “Opala” badge spelled in a similar font to the American Chevrolet Impala badge was fitted on the rear fenders, and the engine badges signifying the displacement of the engine in cubic centimeters 2, or 3, later 4, as well was placed next to the front doors.
It was the first time that this type of toy based on an Opala was produced. The following other wikis use this file: A luxury version of the Opala was marketed as the Chevrolet Diplomata. The hydraulic valve lifters made for easy maintenance. It had a diaphragmatic or “Chinese hat” clutch spring, which was becoming popular throughout the world. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chevrolet Opala.
The round headlamps not squared, as in the Opel Rekord and Commodoreegg-crate grille, styling cues borrowed from the Chevy II Nova, and lamps fitted below the front bumper separated the Opala from its European Opel siblings.
The main complaint with the four-cylinder engines was their roughness – so rough that GM employees of the time called the engine “little Toyota”, in allusion to the diesel engine installed in the locally built Toyota Bandeirante.
The options varied between the traditional, large, more expensive American-style cars that GM was already selling in the United States line, such as the Impalaand the lighter and more economical models from German GM-subsidiary Opel such as the KadettOlympiaRekord and Commodore which were already imported to Brazil in small quantities.
These engine were of traditional design for the era, with cast iron cylinder block and headand overhead valvesactuated by pushrods and a camshaft mounted in the block, and pressed-steel rocker armswhose spherical fulcrum was GM’s proprietary design. Chevrolet General Motors do Brasil. The military government issued Opalas to its agents through the s.
Known for its reliability, the ci was an industry benchmark until the s. Small rectangular taillights similar to those on American Chevelle were mounted on the tip of the rear overhang, and small reverse lights were mounted in the rear bumper, just below the fuel tank cap. Its reliability and easy maintenance made the Opala the choice of many taxi drivers and was also popular on racetracks.
In front, the suspension components were anchored to one side, set in the unibody with screws, later known as the subframe. Only inwith the arrival of multipoint injection in 171 Omegawas the engine’s problem finally solved. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3. This was coupled with a tachometer and lots of matte black striping. Both the Especial and Luxo had a manual gearboxrear opals drivefront independent suspension and rear live axleboth with coil springs.
When endurance races resumed in Brazil inthe Opala found a great competitor, the Ford Maverickwhich was powered by an engine with a displacement almost a full liter larger. On the opalw, the determining factor for victory was the driver’s skill and the pit crew’s organization.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh. The engines used in the Opala had been already used for years in the USA: The name Opala may come from the opalwhich is a precious stone, colourless when extracted from the soil, but which acquires opaala tones when exposed to light. The Opala’s long-lived cubic-inch 4. The first model was the four-door sedan in the trims “Especial” Special and “Luxo” Deluxe. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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