I’m writing this e-mail on behalf of my uncle whose story with his P1 is remarkable and rare.

 The 1958 P1 you see in attached photos was bought by my grandfather for his daughter (my late mother) in 1959, brand new. She drove it for a few years then, shortly after getting married, sold it to her brother (my uncle) in 1963.

 My uncle developed a passion for this car with time. Year after year, he became more attached to it. He still owns it till present date, did not own any other car for over 47 years, and does not even know how to drive another car. His wife and children often put pressure on him to replace it or buy another “more practical” car but he always refused. It’s difficult to find devoted people like my uncle these days.

 He still drives it and takes care of it, looking everywhere for spare parts and keeping it almost new. He always says that other cars breakdown, but this one does not. Finding the spares became difficult now in Lebanon so I volunteered to get him whatever he needs from abroad in appreciation of his devotion and perseverance. Since it was my mother’s first and only owned car, this gives me another reason to keep the car in the best shape. My childhood memories while riding this car with my uncle are unforgettable.

 I came across your website while I was searching for some parts. I felt I should register his car because he really deserves being heard of. Apologies for the quality of the photos as they were taken in 1981. I will take better photos when I go back to Lebanon next summer because I’m currently working in the United Arab Emirates.

 I have inherited many of my uncle’s qualities. I bought a 1971 442 back in 1980 (http://sites.google.com/site/aljisr) and will never sell it, for it will become the property of my son. People tell me that my uncle’s “old car syndrome” runs in my blood, and I guess it’s true.

 Hope you will find that my uncle (Riad Mawas) and his P1 are qualified for being registered in your website, and congratulations for the massive effort you have personally put to make the website so attractive and rich.

Muhammad Aljisr



This site contains only information of  Opel P1 models:  Opel Rekord or Olympia  end 1957 ,1958,1959,1960,1961. with a 1500cc or a 1700 cc engine and the opel 1200 cc model 1962.

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