Ciro finally drives the Opel Superboss

With the lockdown restrictions easing, Ciro De Siena headed up to Johannesburg to drive the SentiMETAL Opel Superboss at a place where he could really put it to the test - the racetrack.

The Superboss is known internally as “Project 1”. When we embarked on the SentiMetal heritage project, the aim was to purchase, restore and maintain a fleet of South African specials - cars that were developed and only ever sold in South Africa. The vision was to help preserve South Africa’s rich motoring heritage.

This Kadett Superboss is the first car we ever took on. We purchased it in 2017 and over the years I have watched with much delight as the restoration progressed.

When we found our Superboss, it was in terrible shape. But it had all the right credentials, and matching numbers, to make restoring it worthwhile. And so, over the next few years, the car was stripped down to the metal.

Our Superboss specialist painstakingly brought the car back to life, down to recreating the warning stickers printed in Afrikaans in the engine bay. If it sounds good just reading this, it looks and feels even better in the metal.

And so when the lockdown eased and I could travel again, I put a plan in motion to film our Superboss in its natural habitat: a racetrack. Off I went to JHB, met up with the crew and braved the dark cold winter mornings in JHB to make use of the best light at the track.

The result is this film. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but in summary, I can’t think of any other car I’ve driven, before or since, that brought me this much joy. My colleagues have driven it, and driven it hard, and regaled me with tales of how it comes alive on a track. But nothing could have prepared me for how fun this car would be to drive.

Further Reading

SentiMETAL Project One: Why we restored an Opel Superboss

The unique-to-SA Opel Kadett Superboss: SentiMETAL Ep5

Retro Comparison: Volkswagen Golf VR6 vs Opel Kadett 200t S

Opel SA's super hatches remembered in new SentiMETAL print