Opel Kapitän, St. Peter Ording, Germany, 1961

1961 – Edith Schweim poses with her stepfather, Erich Carstens, next to an Opel Kapitän sedan car on the beach of St. Peter Ording in Northern Germany. Scan © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

Early in her childhood, my mother had already experienced St. Peter Ording, a town at the North Sea with an amazing beach. This had coined her love for the place. And this love lasted for her entire life.

As she grew up, she re-visited St. Peter time and again. This photo shows her with her stepfather, Erich Carstens. Back in 1961, you were still allowed to drive directly onto the beach with your car. Amazing.

By the way, the car is a 1955 Opel Kapitän, an American-style pontoon body with a round back and a rear window that was divided into three parts. The 68 hp engine could speed up the car to 138 km/h.

Roughly 62,000 cars of this type were built between November 1953 and July 1955. The list price of 8,990 DM (about 4,600 Euro) was expensive back then; in current prices, however, this would be about 25,000 Euro and just in the mid-range for a new car.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1961
LocationSt. Peter, Germany
Image Source6 x 9 cm print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2833 x 1894 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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