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Opel Ascona (A) General Information

Opel is actually a traditional rally make, Opel was around long before the WRC even started. Opel's first big rally success was the Opel Kadett B. But when the Kadett B was replaced as a road car by the Kadett C, it took a while until there was a sporty GT/E or Coupé version available. But at the same time there was the Opel Ascona A on the market. In fact, read in the Vauxhall manufacturer story how the Ascona range came by accident and was originally meant to replace the Kadett B - which as well explains the delay for powerful Kadett C variations while the Kadett B was getting long in its tooth. The Ascona A may have been bigger than the Kadett as well as being a slightly odd looking car - which all probably contributed to it not turn the Kadett B successor as originally intended - but that than also meant the difference was not that huge while the Ascona as well was available with bigger engines. This made the Ascona A the right choice for Opel at the time the WRChampionship was called into life.

Amazingly the Ascona A reached more fame with privateers than as a works car, well the works effort was not very big. Walter Röhrl may have been a regular entry in works supported Ascona A in the early-mid 1970s, but it was a well famous car for privateers in Scandinavia. So the Ascona received a lot of its motorsport image thanks to a new breed of Scandinavians, like i.e. Ari Vatanen, using it when they came to their first international fame.

In fact the story behind this is even a little deeper. While Röhrl was entered through German tuner Irmscher, there was a strong presence of Ascona A by the Swedish Opel dealer team. It was drivers as Lillebror Nasenius, Lars Carlsson, Bror Danielsson and Anders Kulläng in Swedish registered cars, that by Opel themselves were declared equal works status to Röhrl's Irmscher entries. Later Rauno Aaltonen joined the frame, the Finn however entered through Irmscher. Nevertheless, at the end of the day this Ascona A was more famous for being a favourite with many Swedish and Finnish drivers, than it became famous for the car to give Walter Röhrl his first WRC victory in Acropolis 1975 as well as the ERC title 1974!
 

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Opel Ascona (A) Evolutions

 
 
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Opel Ascona (A) 1.9 SR (73-76) 206/6000 206/7000 4120.1730.1300 950 (4.6) RWD (2430)

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Opel Ascona (A) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
9th. 1979 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Ortigao . UNKNOWN #22 [UNKNOWN] 11:44:58
6th. 1977 WRC Swedish Rally H. Avelin R. Spjuth #37 [UNKNOWN] 8:30:26
9th. 1977 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Pesmazoglou H. Kaltsounis #17 [UNKNOWN] 11:49:11
3rd. 1976 WRC Swedish Rally A. Kulläng C. Andersson #7 [UNKNOWN] 8:31:10
15th. 1976 WRC Safari Rally D. Singh . UNKNOWN #15 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
5th. 1976 WRC Acropolis Rally K. Russling . UNKNOWN #47 [UNKNOWN] 9:52:18
14th. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" P. Gandolfo #35 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
42nd. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo L. Carlsson B. de Jong #9 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1975 WRC Swedish Rally H. Svensson J. Andersson #36 [UNKNOWN] 8:27:20
1st. 1975 WRC Acropolis Rally W. Röhrl J. Berger #2 [UNKNOWN] 9:29:36
4th. 1975 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Pesmazoglou . Georgitsis #11 [UNKNOWN] 11:45:01
4th. 1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal R. Aaltonen C. Billstam #10 [UNKNOWN] 6:35:31
5th. 1975 WRC Rally of Finland A. Kulläng C. Andersson #8 [UNKNOWN] 2:57:27
8th. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Fischer H. Gottlieb #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Brai . "Rudy" #24 [UNKNOWN] 11:47:42
35th. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Presotto M. Perissinot #21 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Isnardi S. Scimone #94 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Nilsson . UNKNOWN #43 [UNKNOWN] 6:17:53
10th. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland B. Waldegaard A. Hertz #9 [UNKNOWN] 3:23:05
8th. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland A. Kulläng C. Andersson #13 [UNKNOWN] 3:21:26
12th. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland H. Valtaharju R. Anttila #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
32nd. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland H. Valkonen E. Poutiainen #36 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Errani V. Laverne #51 [UNKNOWN] 10:17:14
44th. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Presotto . UNKNOWN #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Bramino . UNKNOWN #50 [UNKNOWN] 10:27:15
9th. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Isnardi S. Scimone #90 [UNKNOWN] 10:24:24
3rd. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo . Fagnola . Novarese #32 [UNKNOWN] 9:56:09
5th. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain W. Röhrl J. Berger #4 [UNKNOWN] 8:15:52
7th. 1974 WRC Tour de Corse J. Clarr J. Fauchille #16 [UNKNOWN] 5:33:57
13th. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Kulläng C. Andersson #44 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
50th. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Pianta . UNKNOWN #66 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo H. Gréder . UNKNOWN #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo L. Nasenius B. Cederberg #30 [UNKNOWN] 6:02:36
21st. 1973 WRC Swedish Rally E. Aaby . UNKNOWN #38 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1973 WRC Rallye de Portugal . "Méqépé" . UNKNOWN #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1973 WRC Rally of Finland H. Palin J. Ahava #12 [UNKNOWN] 5:11:36
11th. 1973 WRC Rally of Finland E. Nuuttila A. Krogell #20 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1973 WRC Rally of Finland T. Jouhki J. Piironen #73 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1973 WRC Rally of Finland U. Grönholm H. Laine #38 [UNKNOWN] 5:04:03
5th. 1973 WRC Rally of Finland A. Ojanen H. Miikki #30 [UNKNOWN] 5:03:30
13th. 1973 WRC Austrian Alpine Rally G. Blomqvist . UNKNOWN #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
42nd. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Cambiaghi . "Rudy" #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo C. Dorche . UNKNOWN #84 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Errani P. Thimonier #82 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain E. Aaby . UNKNOWN #51 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Blomqvist I. Blomqvist #21 [UNKNOWN] 7:05:44
8th. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Carlsson . UNKNOWN #29 [UNKNOWN] 7:09:19
11th. 1973 WRC Tour de Corse B. Picone . UNKNOWN #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Opel Ascona (A) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1980 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Pesmazoglou H. Kaltsounis #46 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1980 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Santos . UNKNOWN #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1977 WRC Safari Rally P. Choda P. Choda #23 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally of Finland H. Valtaharju R. Anttila #19 [UNKNOWN] SS18 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Turcot . UNKNOWN #32 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Danielsson B. Sundberg #38 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo D. Cerrato P. Cerrato #95 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Aaltonen C. Billstam #10 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Tour de Corse G. Chasseuil C. Baron #8 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Tour de Corse J. Clarr J. Fauchille #15 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal W. Röhrl J. Berger #3 [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally Morocco W. Röhrl J. Berger #7 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally Morocco R. Aaltonen C. Billstam #17 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Acropolis Rally R. Aaltonen C. Billstam #7 [UNKNOWN] SS38 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Safari Rally R. Aaltonen E. Herrmann #38 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Swedish Rally B. Danielsson U. Sundberg #10 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Swedish Rally A. Kulläng C. Andersson #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Kulläng C. Andersson #24 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo W. Röhrl J. Berger #4 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Pond M. Wood #27 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Carlsson B. de Jong #18 [UNKNOWN] SS99 gearbox
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain E. Aaby . UNKNOWN #33 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Fall M. Broad #12 [UNKNOWN] SS99 rear axle
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo D. Cerrato P. Cerrato #100 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland B. Saby . UNKNOWN #49 [UNKNOWN] SS16 disqualified
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland A. Vatanen A. Krogell #28 [UNKNOWN] SS30 uups - wheel fell off
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Finland B. Danielsson B. Sundberg #23 [UNKNOWN] SS20 crash
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Warmbold J. Todt #1 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye de Portugal W. Röhrl J. Berger #5 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye de Portugal T. Fall R. Turvey #9 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain O. Eriksson B. Cederberg #12 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Aaltonen P. Easter #10 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain W. Röhrl J. Berger #26 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Kulläng . UNKNOWN #15 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo J. Clarr . UNKNOWN #32 [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics
Ret. 1973 WRC Austrian Alpine Rally W. Röhrl J. Berger #4 [UNKNOWN] SS99 differential
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally of Finland H. Valtaharju R. Alm #40 [UNKNOWN] SS33 ?
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye de Portugal M. Beaumont . UNKNOWN #35 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1973 WRC Tour de Corse M. Beaumont M. Desvignes #14 [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics
Ret. 1973 WRC Tour de Corse J. Clarr J. Jaubert #20 [UNKNOWN] SS99 gearbox
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Beaumont . UNKNOWN #28 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine