One Sunday afternoon in 2004, Opel designer and diving enthusiast Dietmar Finger was at home working on a sketch for the all-new Corsa. At the time, he was mulling over the outer panel of the glove box, which usually goes unseen because it’s covered by the closed passenger door. His son caught a glimpse of his sketch of the glove box, which incorporated a shark design, and thought it looked pretty cool. The next day, Finger showed the shark design to Corsa chief designer Niels Loeb, who was immediately sold on the idea. The shark in the glove box went into production, and is now a standard feature on well over two million Corsas which have been produced since 2006.
The subtle shark motif isn’t exclusive to the Corsa though. Loeb mentioned the design to Karim Giordimania, in charge of interior design for the Zafira Tourer, who went on to hide three sharks throughout the MPV’s interior. The Adam soon followed suit, with lead interior designer Stefan Arndt placing three of the little creatures throughout the compact city car’s cabin.
Unlike the other models, the Adam was designed to be a fun and quirky car, so the shark designs could be made more visible and obvious. Designer’s even gave the sharks a few companions, with one being joined by two innocent fishes. Opel won’t disclose where they are hidden, after all, that’s part of the fun. Here’s a hint though: sharks like liquids.