1978-1987, 158000 produced. (116000 Senator/42000 Monza)
Coupe,2 doors,5 seats
Saloon,4 doors,5 seats
Perhaps one of the best and most interesting models to emerge from the European GM divisions during the 1970's was the Opel and Vauxhall Senator/Monza range. Launched in 1978 the saloon version (the Opel Senator or Vauxhall Royale) was aimed squarely at the Ford Granada. Like the Granada the model was really a full size saloon aimed at executives and large families.
The Monza featured an elegant two door, hatch-back coupe body with a generous amount of interior space. Like the Senator saloon the Monza had a twin Vauxhall version and came with a silky smooth straight six and a choice of manual or automatic transmission.
In some ways the Opel/Vauxhall Senators fulfilled their aim more convincingly than the Granada, interior trim was of a very high standard and looked and felt sumptuous. In later life the Senator family would out live the Ford rival and found favour (in Senator saloon ) with the UK Police forces as the perfect "Traffic Car".
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Worm||Independent/Coil Springs||Independent/Coil Springs|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|133 mph||8.5 s||16.5 s||180 bhp 5800||Monza (3.0L)|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|Unknown||Opel Monza 3.0 GSE||Anglia Car Auctions||25 Jun 2011||£1125.00||-|
|753||Opel Monza 3.0E (1982)||Cheffins||7 Apr 2001||£700.00||-|
|003||Opel Monza GSE (1985)||Barons||27 Jun 2000||Not sold|
|006||Opel Monza GSE (1985)||Barons||14 Mar 2000||Not sold|
|018||Opel Monza GSE 3.0 (1984)||Husseys||27 Apr 1995||Not sold|
|083||Opel Monza GSE (1984)||Brooks||10 Nov 1994||£8000.00||-|
The ultimate cuts
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car March 2006|
|The ultimate cuts - Couldn't afford a 6 Series BMW in the early '80s? Not to worry, says Andrew Roberts: the alternative luxury coupé choice from Datsun, Lancia, Opel and Alfa remains refreshingly left-field.|