I posted a pristine Opel Calibra yesterday. I’m afraid I’m going to have to show you the other side of Calibra today.
Like many sporty Opels before it like the Manta and Kadett, the Calibra became what can best be described as a working class hero. In most cases meaning: spoilers and bodykits. Just like this one, actually.
It’s easy to ridicule it, but I’m not choosing that trodden path today. Looking back I’d say all that plastic totally ruins the very handsome design. But then again should I be the judge of that? For it was me that painted the taillights of my Citroën BX black, and mounted an ill-fitting spoiler, a set of way too big Fittipaldi alloys and a chromed exhaust pipe extension.
Yes, a chromed exhaust pipe extension. In my defense: it was the nineties and I was 24... That brings us to the philosophical question: which one is the ‘real’ Calibra. The pristine red one, a rarity since almost no Calibra was left untouched. Or this modified blue one, that perfectly represents the Calibra as we all know it and actually tells the real story of the car?
Let me know your thoughts, and be honest!
Opel Calibra 2.0i 16V Sportive, June 1993.