1970 Buick Opel GT

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Back in the day we called car the “Baby Vette” due to its resemblance to the The car was built by General Motor’s division, Opel – yes the same that built the various vehicles during World War While the car had some really exterior styling under the was generally found a 1900cc four-cylinder engine.

The engine and train was the same as found in the Manta and the Chevy Vega parts were generally but they were definitely cars when you were them. Some models a dual carburetor and a few even had six engines packed under the but that may have been an conversion done by backyard One of the more unusual features of the car speaking was the single transverse spring in the front suspension.

Inside the cabin this car was to any requirements James Bond have had. Speaking of agents, this car even had a appearance on the television series Smart” and was the ride for that agent. There was a bank of switches that gave the options to shut down and/or running lights; was a lever on the consol that operated the hidden headlights.

When I would open the on mine my girlfriend (later she my wife) always thought the car was its eyes at her.

Yes, I had the of driving one of these little for several years. The car was quick and and provided ample legroom for my six plus frame. One morning driving to work I was racing a twisting country road I encountered a pack of swine escaped from a local – yes, I’m talking bacon on the here. There were six of and I dodged valiantly but one little pig was going home that

I was also in the market for a new turn lamp as well. The final of the car came when once driving faster than was (the car seemed to bring out in me) I rammed it broadside into a truck loaded with pulling out of the Kellogg Plant in Creek Michigan. The car did it’s job and I away a little wiser to buy a and put that lead foot to sleep.

The Kit

Opel GT

Quite often we models to capture some moment of our youth and this one is that. A melancholy moment I wished I still owned sports car. It’s a few years since I built and the memory of the parts breakdown has since faded.

What I can remember is that of the parts fit together well, no or filler was needed. I hate the pieces that come car kits, you always get that where it was removed from the and it’s nearly impossible to it – I slat a little silver on it and hope no one notices.

It was not until I was this and adding the pictures I noticed my decal on the rear was curling – sorry about Ironically the plate reads which is what the geographic I now live in is called. How weird is I detailed the dash with a paintbrush and added ignition to the engine, otherwise she is built from the box. The exterior job was done to match the car I drove in my days.

As far as accuracy of the model – it sure like my car as I remember it other mine had wire rims and the big of a semi truck in the hood time I saw it.


It was a fun little kit to build and a break from my regular This particular build is not a prizewinner. I recall that a of mine ran one of these in the upper of Michigan as a stock car racer – he had a frame installed underneath and a 308 cid V-8 under the hood. Considering the weight of the car combined with the of that engine the fact he had wheelie extension in back was necessary.

That would be a conversion to build – oh yeah!

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