Weekend Edition: 1982 Opel Corsa Spider Concept

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.

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  1. smokyburnout Avatar

    Looks like that speedster tonneau cover slides into the passenger side door like a roll-top desk?
    Would be really clever if it could slide all the way across the cockpit, for security/cat storage

  2. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    It’s clever and well realized. And I appreciate their commitment to the elemental, no nonsense roadster concept. But it’s so stubby and blocky, and I’d have to see how it looked with the removable hardtop.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    It’s all ‘modern’ box flares and plastic wheel covers on the outside, and all classic tonneau and glove leather in the open cockpit.
    You had me at box flares, though.

  4. CraigSu Avatar

    The blackout bar on the front in the lede photo reminds me of those black bars that were superimposed on the faces of porn stars in XXX movie ads in newspapers when I was growing up. Oddly enough, their faces were the only body parts blacked out.