Opel CEO Neumann Enters Classic Road Rally With His Own Diplomat A V8 Coupé0
Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann is something of a Renaissance man.
The 54-year-old has achieved a doctorate in engineering, is an avid marathon runner, runs Opel of course, and now he’ll take part in the Bodensee Klassik road rally in his own personal Opel Diplomat A Coupé, which cranks out about 230 hp through a 5.4L small-block V8.
The company will also haul out a host of other juicy classics–like both A and B versions of the Admiral and Kapitän– but few will outshine the doctor’s pristine 1967 Coupé, one of just 347 built by coachbuilder Karmann between 1964 and 1967.
As if Neumann’s Coupé wasn’t rare enough, the car also has the distinction of being the very last Diplomat A Coupé ever built.
“I have always been fascinated by the combination of the timelessly elegant coupé body of the Diplomat and the legendary Chevrolet Small Block V8,” said Neumann. “I have been the proud owner of this car for roughly six months now and I am delighted when I get the opportunity to take this icon for a spin.”
In total, 180 classics will take part in the fourth annual Bodensee Klassik, which starts in Bregenz, Austria on May 7.
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