One of Finland's most iconic tuning cars was built in 2001 by Aki ”Akinaattori” Salmela. This '88 Opel Kadett E has seen several magazine covers and owners during its 15 years of fame, and naturally it had undergone some changes. The car is currently owned by Jani Kumpulainen from Iisalmi, who insisted on refurbishing it from scratch in order to recreate the somewhat legendary form of 2001.

This Opel Kadett was first introduced in GTi Magazine 01/2001, which is also when Jani decided he would one day own the car in question. The car has changed owners a few times, and Jani finally had the chance to claim it for himself in 2013. The car was not in perfect shape: the bumbers had cracks and chips, the leather interior had cracked in the sunlight, and as can be guessed, there had been an invasion of corrosion. Since there was a lot of work to do, Jani decided to recreate the 2001 look with some improvements. By the way, this Opel was the first Finnish car introduced in the legendary Max Power magazine.
Finding the exact paint used in 2001 was very hard, since the production of Standox Kyalami Flash effect paint had ceased a long time ago. Luckily there was a shop in Germany that had three liters left of this chameleon paint. In 2001 the wheels used were Masitaly Sagitta 19”, which are impossible to find these days. Team Dynamics Equinox II alloys were ”close enough”, so they were ordered from the factory. The original bolt pattern is 5x100, which narrowed the selection of the alloys a bit too much. The wheel hubs were therefore swapped from a V6 A Vectra, which has a 5x110 bolt pattern. At the same time brake discs and calipers were swapped.
The front doors didn't have any speakers before, but Jani thought the doors could benefit from a small touch of high fidelity. Jani had bought a second Kadett to use as a test specimen, and the door cards were first tested in that car. The space between the door card and the seat is very narrow, so small depth was a requirement when choosing these four 5.25” midrange speakers. The upper part of the card has a panel of Finnfoam, and has four Earthquake tweeters mounted in it.
Veli Laitila upholstered the whole interior with black and purple leather. The seats and the door cards also received diamond stitchings. The glass roof was not a factory option, but it actually looks like it belongs there. It also serves the function of a solar heater, since it works like a burning glass. Jani had set up a deadline for the completion of this project, and the debut show for this facelift was to be in the spring of 2015 at Backwoods Cruising show, in Kajaani. With a lot of help from a lot of friends Jani managed to finish this project on time, at 05:15AM on the day of the show. A few hours of sleep, and onwards to Kajaani. A week from that Jani drove the car to the worlds biggest Opel event in Oschersleben, Germany. Modena Flash won the second price in Show & Shine exhibition, which is a very good performance since the competition was fierce.
The dashboard has a 5.25” two-way component set and a 5.25” coaxial speaker. The original dashboard had cracked pretty badly, so it was fixed with glass fibre and then upholstered to match with the rest of the interior. The GSi model had a digital gauge cluster from the factory, which was a nice gimmick. Back then this kind of gauges were mostly seen in Corvettes and, of course, in KITT. The car was pretty fast in those days too, since it is lightweight and has a powerful engine.
In the middle of the trunk there are four Earthquake Mini-D1500.2 amps that power up the component sets. At the sides of the trunk there are two Mini-D2000 amps that juice up the four 10” subs. There are also two SLAPS-M-10 tuned passive radiators in the picture, but after these pictures were taken the elements have been swapped to DBXI-10 subs.



Stock 2.0 16V, Simota free flow air filter, Simons exhaust


GSi transmission


Koni suspension kit


Mtec drilled and grooved discs (front 288mm, rear 268mm), Vectra A V6 front calipers, Omega B MV6 rear calipers


Team Dynamics Equinox II, front 8.5x19”, rear 9.5x19”


Falken tires, front 215/35/19 and rear 245/30/19


Glass roof, unique bodykit based on Ferrari Modena 360 (designed by Akinaattori Salmela), front and rear bumbers made of glass fiber, Peugeot 405 side skirts modified, glass fiber hood with a scoop, rear arches were replaced with front arches to achieve that round look, shaved trunk lid, modified tail lights with led modules and covered with carbon fiber, led under car lights, painted with Standox Kyalami Flash by Automaalaamo Sailokoski Ky


GSi seats upholstered with leather and diamond stitched, dashboard upholstered with leather and decorated with ART Motorsport embroidery, dashboard has been modified to mount a 5.25” component set and a 5.25” coaxial speaker, door cards upholstered with leather and modified to mount four tweeters and four midrange speakers, trunk panels and subwoofer enclosurers upholstered with leather


Alpine IVA-D511R headunit, Earthquake: 4x DBXI-10 subwoofers, 2x Mini-D2000 amps, 5x FC5.2 component sets, 4x Mini-D1500.2 amps, 1x F-5.25 coaxial speaker, 2x Optima Yellowtop 55Ah batteries


150hp and 196Nm


Air suspension, 2.5 V6 engine


Earthquake Sound, Kumikimmo, Mainostoimisto TKD Oy, IGL Coatings Finland, Iisalmen Akku ky, Taksipalvelu Kumpulainen Oy


Anna Alanko, Henri Sonninen, Niko Jokinen, Markku Kostian, Pauli Lätti, Veli Laitila, Niko Sakko, Jari Sailokoski, Kari Tellqvist, Juha Poikonen, Esa Repo, Sebastian Venäläinen, Teemu Sikanen, Niina Voutilainen, Tero Räihä, Samuli Miettinen, Ville Remes, Pasi Puustinen, Aki Säisä, Akinaattori Salmela, Mika Ruotsalainen, Jarkko Kokkonen, Jiipee Kotala


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