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Opel Rekord Caravan 1958
and Moskwitch1958
Opel Rekord Caravan 1958
and Moskwitch1952

Opel Rekord Caravan 1958
and Moskwitch1958
Opel Rekord Caravan 1958
and Moskwitch1952

1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan
1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan

1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan
1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan

1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan
1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan

1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan
1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan

1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan
1958 Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan

Olympia Rekord

We went camping all over Southern Norway and into Sweden all the way to Stockholm. No wonder my parents needed the break above.

Styling inspiration for the Caravan was the 1956 Chevrolet Nomad.

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad KDP148
© Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden

Dairy Days

Car sales were restricted in the early fifties but our farmer neighbour, “Ole J”, was allowed a car for his farm. He chose a green Opel Olympia Rekord CarAvan to carry the milk to the dairy and sacks of fertilizer back to the farm. I remember fondly an evening at the farmer’s kitchentable when father, Ole J and me were having drinks. I had milk and bread. The two grown ups had something cheerful and they were telling stories from town, about who drove what and who got stopped by the traffic police and who were let off. My father had his driver’s license so it was not long before we were offered the loan of the car for a sunny Sunday drive. The Opel was warm and I was allowed to sit in the rear where the milkchurns were loaded on workdays. And yes, I have sat in the back of my Land Rover on a sunny day.


Opel Olympia Rekord Caravan 1953

Solvang

Moskwich. The Olympic Lada

Can you spot the white Opel Olympia 1938? Photo is over 50 years old. As kids we played inside that Olympia although we were not allowed.

Moskwich 1954
Moskwich 1952

Our first car, an Opel remake, the Moskwich 1954 was bought used when carsales were let loose after the austerity years in the fifties. Dad got his licence in 1930 and had excellent taste in cars but little money bringing up his children. He borrowed a Buick once in Reykjavik, a car that he could not match until he bought a Rover 2000 TC. His workbike is behind the car above. This is before traffic congestion in our town. Bike use/car ownership is fashionable these days because of congestion.

Norwegian trade deals with the Soviet Union after the Second World War included Norwegian import of a set number of Moskwitch cars. My dad enjoyed football and played the Pools. His biggest win was 11 000 kroner when his yearly wage was 17 000, so he bought this 1952 model, about 10 years old at 3 000 kroner. The rest of the money went into the household. A fridge, no one that I knew had one, a new washing machine and a black and white TV.

For the car we also bought camping gear and went on a rather long holiday. I was so impressed with my dad. My biggest win on the pools was as much as a month’s pay, tax deducted. Without his win we would have stayed at the bottom rung of the consumer ladder. Now I can see that self-building and owning a house was my parents’ biggest achievement. Being good and caring parents in a difficult world was the way they were. Buying in at the lowend of the consumer surge
with a car that was built from the rubble of 2nd worldwar reparations programs. Opel production tools were moved to Moscow. When new in 1935, the Opel Olympia was quite modern.

Moskwich 1954 and goats

On our first camping trip we did not stop for the goats as dad did not want to share his tobacco with them. The thermostat jammed and we overheated.

Moskwich 1954 and mechanic

NAF road patrol stopped to help. From the parts bin in his Volvo 210 Duett he put in a new thermostat.

Moskwich 1954 camp tent

Here is our camp at Seljord, Telemark by the lake with a monster in it.

Moskwich 1954

This would be 1962. Country roads were mostly gravel at that time. Tarmac was still to come oout on country roads.

Moskwich 1954

We made it all the way round the country to where my sister and her husband were running a dairy.

Moskwich 1954

Opels were the trunk of our car life then.

Sister got one and a nephew was in the Opel car club.