The World-Record Setting 1959 Opel P-1 Hardtop

This is the official website of the 1959 Opel P-1 Hardtop—the car that shattered the record.

If you haven’t yet heard the full story, this historic station wagon broke the world record for auto gas mileage in October 1973 with a highly modified engine which allowed the car to travel 376.59 miles on a single gallon of gasoline during a Shell Oil Co. contest at Wood River, IL.

Currently on public display on the Marymount Campus of the LeMay Family Collection Foundation in Tacoma, Washington, this historic vehicle has a rich story which is every bit as dramatic and inspiring.