The Opel Rekord D, designed by designer Chuck Jordan, was officially launched in January 1972 as the successor to the Opel Rekord C. At first he was called? Rekord II ?, in order not to be misinterpreted as a diesel model.
From July 1972, a diesel version with 2.1 liter displacement was available, in export also with 2.0 liters and 56 hp. Visible were these models on a hump on the hood. This hump was necessary because the diesel engine was higher than the gasoline engines because of the overhead camshaft. With the diesel model, the taxi industry was targeted. Since 1954, Mercedes-Benz was the sole manufacturer of diesel cars in Germany, which changed with the record D 2100. Other vehicle manufacturers moved slowly.
The self-supporting all-steel body offered space for five people. They were available in five different variants: as a two- and four-door sedan, as a three- and five-door caravan and as a coupe. Furthermore, there were outside Germany also three-door caravans without rear windows under the name vans. The record D was produced from December 1971 to July 1977 in 1,128,196 copies.