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V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN, USA   USA
In reply to # 3908349 by TurboMG A better example might be the first ford ranger, which, I think was a rebranded Mazda.

It was the Courier that was rebranded. The Ranger was not. I had a '73 Ford Courier. Wish I still had it.

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V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN, USA   USA
You have been redeemed Jim Blackwood! drinking smiley

"So Opel withered at Buick dealerships only offering compact cars with increasingly confusing branding. GM decided in the ‘70s to sell Opels as “Buick Opels.” These cars suffered with their name, and hurt worse thanks to currency fluctuations with the Deutschmark that made the German-built Buick Opels punitively expensive."

https://jalopnik.com/gm-has-never-known-what-the-hell-to-do-with-opel-1792346132

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bills Bill Spohn
W. Vancouver, , BC, Canada   CAN
Interesting, but I'd note that nowhere in that article does it indicate exactly when "in the 1970s" they applied the "Buick Opel" label, nor if it was ever applied to the Opel GT, which was discontinued in 1973. We still need more data as to whether the dual terminology was applied to the GT.

This factory film speaks of them as Opels, not Buick Opels, although the Buick symbol appears in the entry screen. It was made for the 1973 model year, the last one for the GT model. I'm not saying that 'Buick Opel' never happened, but I've never seen any hard evidence that they were called that. Jalopnick has been known to get things a bit wrong - not infrequently.





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Jim Blackwood * BlownMGB-V8
Gunpowder Rd, Florence, KY, USA   USA
Thanks Carl. You have to look at the totality of the circumstances, in the time honored, "...does it walk like a duck, look like a duck, quack like a duck, fly like a duck, etc." In this case, even without a badge I think it passes the test.

Jim

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V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN, USA   USA
In reply to # 3908585 by bills Interesting, but I'd note that nowhere in that article does it indicate exactly when "in the 1970s" they applied the "Buick Opel" label, nor if it was ever applied to the Opel GT,

I have never heard them called that. I just stumbled across the article. Then, again...


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bills Bill Spohn
W. Vancouver, , BC, Canada   CAN
Interesting ads.

Probably the shortcut to an answer is if anyone knows a good source in the Opel world.

I called up a car friend (mostly Triumph but also Opel GT club) and he said he had never heard of them being called a Buick and that they had certainly not carried any badging as such. If anyone cares enough to follow it up, do post and let us know.



Bill Spohn www.rhodo.citymax.com/carstuff.html
Current: 1958 MGA Twincam (race car (170 bhp)),1962 MGA Deluxe Coupe (98 bhp)
1957 Jamaican MGA (200 bhp)1965 1971 Jensen Interceptor (350 bhp)
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe (350 bhp)
2007 BMW Z4M coupe (340 bhp)
Recent: 1969 MGC roadster (175 bhp),Jensen CV8 (375 bhp),
1969 Lamborghini Islero S (350 bhp), 1988 Fiero GT turbo (300 bhp)
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V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN, USA   USA
In reply to # 3908654 by bills
I called up a car friend (mostly Triumph but also Opel GT club) and he said he had never heard of them being called a Buick and that they had certainly not carried any badging as such.

Same here.

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TurboMG Cameron Moody
Calgary Ab, Canada   CAN
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In reply to # 3908527 by V8MGBV8
In reply to # 3908349 by TurboMG A better example might be the first ford ranger, which, I think was a rebranded Mazda.

It was the Courier that was rebranded. The Ranger was not. I had a '73 Ford Courier. Wish I still had it.

Of course, you are correct! Either way, Ford by association only …(and name plate). I had a friend in High School that had one...

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