Opel Kadett – Botswana Special
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were told to go to Africa, and with £1,500, buy a car that was in no way built to go off-road. James and Jeremy bought a Mercedes wagon and a Lancia Beta Coupe respectively, but Hammond bought what turned into one of the most memorable cars ever featured on Top Gear, a 1963 Opel Kadett.
This Opel, later named Oliver by Hammond, still belongs to the presenter who is now planning on restoring it back to full health after buying it for just £1,200.
What’s it worth now?
It’s safe to say these are rare cars and with so very few for sale right now, it’s difficult to get an accurate valuation.
However, according to ClassicTrader.com, it’s looking as though an Opel Kadett of the same year will sell for around £5-6,000 with around 100,000 miles or more and in good condition.
It looks as though this has been a good investment for Hammond, although it’s looking increasingly like he’s going to be restomodding his Opel for an upcoming show.