Well no, obviously this is not all-original… But does it have to be? Sports cars from Opel have always been popular among the tuning community, the Opel GT is certainly no exception. This particular car, of German delivery, has had three owners from new, and remained with the same keeper, a car repair shop foreman, for 42 years. It was restored between 1984 and 1987. The GT was given a stronger engine, a 2.0 litre CIH inline-4-cylinder, which produces 81 kW (110 hp) of power. This, as well as the Getrag 5-speed manual gearbox, was not at all unusual, and consequently did not prevent the car from getting the sought-after registration as a historic vehicle.
Of course, all alterations have full type approval and are recorded in the vehicle registration documents. It appears that the Opel has never been decommissioned for any longer period of time.
The interior is in good shape, including dashboard, headliner and carpet. A Blaupunkt radio is installed. The headlight pop-up mechanism has been overhauled with new parts. Other period-correct features include the 13″ ATS wheels, tinted rear window and Engelmann mirrors.
The car has valid technical approval until 09/2018 and comes with ample repair receipts and documents.
“Only Flying is More Exciting” – the slogan which was used in advertising for the Opel GT has become as much of a classic as the car itself. In 1965 Opel presented an aerodynamic “Experimental Concept” at the Frankfurt motor show. When it went on sale three years later with surprisingly few changes as Opel GT, it was received enthusiastically both in Germany and abroad. With its Coke bottle shape, it looked like a younger brother of the Chevrolet Corvette, and indeed it was designed by the same team. Between 1968 and 1973, exactly 103,464 units of the GT left the factory. 85 % of the total production run went to export markets, by far the most were sold in the US, where the “Baby Corvette” was hugely popular.
Two straight-4 cylinder engines were offered for the GT: The smaller 1.1 litre OHV produced 44 kW (60 hp), while the larger 1.9 litre CIH delivered 66 kW (90 hp) and enabled a top speed of 185 km/h – nearly half a century ago, this was very fast.
With its manually operated pop-up headlights and the characteristic rear, the Opel GT became both a design icon and a cult car. Discontinued far too early, the GT today has a dedicated fan community which defies the marketing slogan: For them, not even flying is more exciting…