Opel Corsa Celebrates 40 Years in its Best Shape

Originally released in 1982, the Opel Corsa has traveled around the world using many brands, names, and body styles

Preserving nameplates for many years is a challenging strategy, but it can also be deliciously rewarding. It is certainly difficult for Opel to keep up with multiple cars building strong traditions at the same time. On the other hand, there is always one of them reaching a special anniversary like now. The Corsa may not have the market scope of years ago, but its fortieth anniversary has definitely come at a great moment.

Opel and Vauxhall have released a special edition limited to 1,982 and 1,000 units, respectively. It comes in Rekord Red, a shade originally used in its first generation. The car also uses several trim items in black, glossy-black wheels, and an exclusive seat upholstery; it mimics that of the Nova SR, which was the sporty Corsa that Vauxhall offered back in the 1980s. Let us take a quick look at the Corsa’s history, shall we?

First and sixth generations of the Opel Corsa
The Opel Corsa is now in its sixth generation; it is the first one with a fully electric version (source: Opel)

Opel Corsa was only the first chapter

The first generation arrived with modest pretensions; few body styles and trim levels were available. Over time, people noticed it was a great competitor to superminis such as Renault 5 and Peugeot 205 and sales increased. Opel gradually gave it more variations, including the iconic GSi, and the car made its name in the market. However, it would only become a global phenomenon in the second phase, released in 1993.

The “Corsa B” brought an affordable project with modern style at a time when many GM branches needed something like that. It received the sedan version in Brazil along with exclusive station wagon and pickup bodies. The project became a top seller in many countries including Argentina and China; it arrived in the latter as the Buick Sail and became the very first responsible for the brand’s success in that region.

Over time, the Opel Corsa focused on its home region once again. It became a strong competitor in the supermini segment following European standards, while other regions received local successors. Several years later, it now reaches four decades in line sporting a fully electric version for the first time. Here, we decided to celebrate its success with a dedicated quiz of assorted difficulty levels. We hope you like it!

Opel Corsa 40 Years Quiz

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