1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW E46 M3 Engine

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

Heikki Mattila is the owner/builder of this 1969 Opel Commodore and contacted us to share about this purpose built race car from Finland.

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

Since this was built purely for racing everything in the car that didn’t help with forward momentum has been removed giving the car a weight of 2,396 lb (1,087 kg).

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

Looking at the car you can tell the body has been modified for racing. The fenders were flared to provide more space for wider tires and a custom front spoiler provide a lot more down force than this classic cruiser was ever intended to have.

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

The suspension is comprised of a customized Honda S2000 front, Mazda RX-7 rear, Ohlins shocks, H&R Springs and the car brakes thanks to Alcon calipers and discs.

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

Under the hood sits a BMW S54B32 inline-six from a E46 M3 with a dry sump oil system. The rest of the drivetrain is made up of a E30 M3 Getrag transmission, Tilton clutch, and Mazda RX-7 diff. If you would like to hear the engine run you can view the projects Facebook videos here (Facebook embeds are horrible).

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

While researching I found Speedhunters covered this project in a previous build state in 2012. Back then the car was running a BMW M20B25 inline-six.

Heikki Mattila's 1969 Opel Commodore With A BMW S54B32 Engine

Source: Racecommo Facebook page and Build Gallery (A LOT of nice photos) via Owner/Builder Heikki Mattila

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