My father used to drive an Opel, and I loved the lightning bolt logo. A friend in college drove a sleek, low, Stingray-like Opel GT, a two-seater sparkling blue number that was a delight to my eyes.
I didn’t think I’d ever get to drive an Opel, but belatedly I realize that I did — the last Saturn models were really re-badged Opels with the central information hub tilted to the left in order to accomodate US driving standards. There might as well have been a silver O with a lightning bolt through it on the hood of my car.
Opel as a brand died at about the same time Saturn did; GM killed both brands pretty much simultaneously. The picture above is from the recent day when the magic ignition switch got installed in my car. The new keys to go with the new lock cylinder have no logo. No point, I guess, in spending effort branding parts that will go in so many MANY different cars, particularly ones that the company stopped giving a damn about years ago.
I don’t know what to drive now. I have a different vehicle I’ve been driving since the recalls, but it doesn’t quite feel like my car. It’s a giant pet that roars me from one place to another, a silver variation on Toothless, if you will. It’s fine for now, I guess…