The Opel made model Rekord C was a development over the earlier model i.e. Rekord B. Little larger than it’s predecessor, the Rekord C having various engine sizes sold record number of units and was produced in Germany, Malaysia and Switzerland. It was essentially a large-sized family car.
The racing variant of this car was the brainchild of a Latvian born designer Anatole Lapine, who was part of Opel’s research team (he later became Porsche's Chief Designer). So without permission from his top bosses, Lapine went on to develop a racing car from a model that was sitting long in one of the Opel showrooms.
Lapine and his department colleagues modified the 1.9 litre engine installing dual Weber made carburettors, painted the car jet-black and numbered the first car in yellow as # 201. It is said that three more identical cars were made and numbered though there are no official Opel records to prove it. This car was nicknamed “Black Widow” or Schwarze Witwe (in German).
This Black Widow with Erich Bitter^ in the driver’s seat participated in a race at the AvD-Rundstreckenrennen Carolus Magnus Zolder race in 1968. Both the car and the driver made this model famous. Later the Black Widow was also driven by other world champions, including Niki Lauda.
^ Erich Bitter is the founder of exclusive sports car marque Bitter Cars, Germany
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