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Opel GT

The front of the Opel GT the Corvette by design, but the rest of the was innovative and unique.

The Opel GT from modest beginnings. Adam Opel AG in Russelsheim sewing machines and bicycles turning to cars. Like Motors, which acquired in the late Twenties, its stock-in-trade was reliable family transportation at a price, and it maintained an enviable for same right into the

It was in that expansive decade Opel, like most else, responded to the growing for sportier, more youthful One of its earliest and most visible in this direction appeared at the Frankfurt show, a slick two-seat fastback coupe called Opel GT. At the time, said it had no intention of selling but the show car generated intense interest that couldn’t be and a production version appeared three years later the same name.

The Opel GT was styled chiefly by Clare MacKichan, who’d a big part in designing the 1955 before his tour of duty in the studios. This may explain the similarity between the GT and the newly ‘68 Corvette, with the same sharply profiled nose, bumper, and hidden headlamps. The operated manually on the Opel, up out of their recesses to give the car of a frogeye look.

Another difference was the pair of slots between the Opel’s From the cowl back, the Opel GT was broadly the same as the car, with an abbreviated bearing four round (again echoing Corvette), shapely flanks and doors cut up into the roof (with drip rails).

Somehow, the production styling wasn’t as though you wouldn’t know if you hadn’t seen the show

The fastback rear and four-spoke give this late-model GT and extra touch of class.

Beneath this sporty were the chassis and running of Opel’s humble little in its beefier GT form. That transverse-leaf front suspension, brakes, ordinary worm-and-roller and a coil-sprung live rear located by radius arms and rod. There were two choices, both ohv fours: 1.1-liter and the new 1.9-liter cam-in-head developed for the mid-range Ascona (which served as the basis for the Manta coupe series by Chuck Jordan, now GM Vice-President of but then an Opel colleague of

Only the 1.9 came to America and was in Europe, as the smaller engine had too power. A telling comment on vision of GT buyers is that the 1.9 was with automatic transmission as an alternative to the standard 4-speed No self-respecting enthusiast would a “slushbox” in Sixties Europe or in America, come to that.

Opel GT

Despite its fairly pedestrian the Opel GT was a winsome little stylish, obedient, practical, and quick enough with the engine and manual gearbox. It even boast “custom” as the independent French body Brissoneau Lotz fashioned its body/chassis structure from Kadett floorpans.

The cockpit was roomy and functional, with instrumentation set in an impressive-looking dashboard. Corvettes since ‘63, the GT lacked an external trunklid, so had to be loaded from inside, the seats, where it was concealed by a curtain. Why a German car had to inherit American inconvenience remains a

The impressive dash of the Opel GT was and recessed to give the driver and ample legroom, a rarity in 60s sports cars.

There’s no about the Opel GT’s which was high for a European coupe of the day. It has yet to develop of a collector following, probably it’s an Opel, a make not closely tied to high in most minds. But at least the GT got to notice that Opels be something other than people-movers.

The Kadett’s 1972 redesign on the T-car platform (later for the American Chevrolet Chevette) ended GT production, and there was no replacement. Despite early problems, GTs are still running in the care of loving owners a taste for the unusual. A mini-Corvette was no bad to be 20 years ago, and it wouldn’t be a bad now.

How about it, GM?

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