A very special 1959 Opel Rekord P1 is up for sale, if anyone is interested. Considered by some to be the most fuel-efficient “green” car ever made, the Opel P1 set a Guinness World Record for achieving an amazing 376 mpg back in 1973.
The car became part of the Talladega Super Speedways Motorsports Hall of Fame collection in Alabama, where it sat for many years. The prototype was modeled after a the ’59 Rekord P1 three-door station wagon (a.k.a. a caravan in Old World speak). The Opel was extensively modified by a team from Shell Oil Company in the early 1970’s. The car’s radiator and suspension were completely removed, and its 1.5 liter four-cylinder was fitted with a lawnmower carburetor and moved to the rear, along with extensive body work. Apparently the car is still in running condition — but with an asking price of $425,000, it ought to be.