Classics? That's about memories. The contractor from the Zoutelande area long before that song was made about that village. It was in the time that Zeeland Flemish contractors or larger Opels or Mercedes drove 200 diesels. Those were cars that were taken seriously enough in Zeeland without being seen as gaudy type.
“Ons Zeeuwen bunt zunig” is often misinterpreted.
As if Zeelanders wouldn't want to spend money. This is - partly due to the somewhat Burgundian streak of the Zeeland Flemish population - a wrong interpretation: Zeelanders are careful with what they have. On the other hand, smaller contractors from Zeeland were also basic go-getters from generations who previously worked very long days in the heavy clay and for whom a lunch of fourteen sandwiches was not uncommon.
So there was at least a towbar under the Opel or Mercedes
And if the work required it, a car like that had to work just as hard as the farmland workers of the past. 'Our' contractor hooked a tandem axle with construction rubble behind his Omega and thought he would leave the hilly building site. Later it was thought that there must have been about four and a half tons of debris on the trailer. To make a long story short: When the combination turned onto the road, the last bolt also broke and the towbar remained with the drawbar and more than four tons of debris, while the unleashed Opel happily jumped forward.
From Zoutelande to Sexbierum
That memory came back when we ended up at the very different end of the Netherlands, in Friesland near Dijkstra in Sexbierum (Frisian: Seisbierrum). In 1275 this place was already mentioned as Sixtis bears, in 1322 as Sixtebeeren, in 1324 in Latin as Beati Sixti Borum, in 1371 as Sexberum, in 1456 as Sixtiberum and in 1505 as Sexbierum. But in the past, the 'Sex' in Sexbierum was the first step towards interest in geography or history for the primary school boys. And there are about 1700 people living there, at least three of whom are infected by the classic virus: Sicco, Pieter and Simon Dijkstra, men who are without a doubt named after their company.
The virtually flawless Omega we saw there had apparently had a much easier life than its Zeeland counterpart. It was a picture of a car. A true time machine. A special feature of such a 'B' Omega is the low air resistance: 0,28 CW. The Opel from Sexbierum therefore only needs a four-cylinder sixteen-valve.
Omegas were made between 500 and 3000 in the flavors 'bourgeois' to 'resoundingly dynamic' (special versions of the Omega: EVO 1986, Lotus Omega and the Omega 2003 sport). The first generation was the successor to the Opel Rekord. And in 1987 the Omega was named Car of the Year. That title was taken because of many modern technological developments, which were new to Opel in general, if not to the volume segment of the European car market.
These included electronic engine management, ABS, an on-board computer (displaying parameters such as current fuel consumption or average speed), air conditioning and even the then fashionable LCD instrument panel (available in CD version from 1987 but discontinued in 1991).
More importantly, the Omega came with a self-diagnosis system (which is now a standard feature in modern cars), the output of which can be read by properly equipped authorized service stations.
A world car
Omegas sold worldwide, but then simply lived under different names. In the States the Omega was the Cadillac Catera, in the UK it was called Vauxhall Omega. South America knew the Opel as Chevrolet Omega. In Australia the Opels were sold as 'Holden'.
At the moment it is quite difficult to find beautiful Omegas. Fortunately, even a beautiful Omega does not cost the world yet. And as Opel, such an Omega is the epitome of good deployability and reliability. Just be careful with lugging construction debris on tandem axles.
A Lotus Omega Carlton 3,6 liter. A very expensive and dynamic Omega
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