How would a weekend edition garnished with forgotten 1970s and 1980s Opel concept cars sound to you? I’m a sucker to all such things, concocted by taking elements of production cars and detailing them to look otherworldly and innovative.
One such thing was Opel’s Corsa Spider concept from the 1982 Geneva Auto Show. You couldn’t get closer to simple motoring in ’82 than getting a Corsa, but the Spider was a fresher edition.
Smoked clusters front and back, minimalistic detailing, speedster ideals, fiberglass panels – the Spider was as bold as they came.
The regular dashboard was binned, and replaced with a more futuristic digital unit. The control pads on both sides of the one-spoke steering wheel are straight from Citroën’s school of thinking, and the passenger seat could be covered for a single seater appearance.
There would be no production version of the Spider, and no Corsa droptop has been available officially – even if there have been specialist cut-ups of course. The 1982 Spider does look like a fun drive, even if the press pictures are somehow overly serious.