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Opel GT

Son of Stingray: The 1969-1973 Opel GT

EPILOGUE

The original Opel GT has often been dismissed as a Kadett in a Corvette suit, but it wouldn#8217;t have taken much to make the GT a credible sports car. Most of the pieces were there, and in some respects (aerodynamics, ergonomics, fit and finish) the GT was actually superior to the C3 Corvette. With more power and some chassis development work, the GT could have given sports cars like the Datsun 240Z a run for their money.

Admittedly, getting more power out of the CIH engine while keeping it emissions-compliant for the U.S. market would have been tricky (fuel injection was only a partial answer; even with injection, the last U.S.-market Asconas and Mantas had only 81 net horsepower (60 kW)) and exchange rates would have remained a sore point, but neither problem was necessarily insuperable.

We suspect the real challenge would have been convincing Opel management that making the low-volume GT into Europe#8217;s answer to the Corvette was worth the investment. As the array of mooted successors indicates, Opel was not oblivious the GT#8217;s value as a traffic builder, but with the possible exception of the GT/W, Rüsselsheim#8217;s thinking appears to have focused on greater practicality (e.g. 2+2 seating, greater cargo space), rather than greater performance.

In some respects, that made sense: the GT sold well by Triumph or MG standards, but it was nothing compared to the almost 2.7 million Kadetts Opel sold between 1965 and 1973. However, it also weakened the case for the GT as a separate product: Opel already had an attractive and perfectly competent four-seat sporty coupe in the form of the Manta.

The fate of the original GT suggests what might have happened to the Corvette had the #8216;Vette not enjoyed continuing support from staunch defenders like Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell. The original Corvette was on very shaky ground for the first decade of its existence, and at several points it came close to either being canceled or transformed into a Camaro -like four-seater.

While the Corvette eventually became one of GM#8217;s most profitable cars, the GT didn#8217;t last long enough to reach that point, perhaps in part because by the time its sales began to falter, many of the people who had originally championed it had moved on. Erhard Schnell was still running Opel#8217;s Advanced Design studio, but both Clare MacKichan and Chuck Jordan had returned to the U.S. replaced by Dave Holls and later Hank Haga. Bunkie Knudsen had left GM in 1967, Bob Lutz had gone to BMW, and in 1969 Tony Lapine had gone to Porsche, where he would design the 928 and 924 .

We think the original Opel GT was better off as a two-seater, but buyers probably would have appreciated it if Opel had relocated the fuel filler to allow a proper opening decklid.

The 1969-73 Opel GT now has a fair collector following, although many cars have succumbed to rust or collisions over the years. The GT#8217;s body was well assembled by the standards of its time, but it was not easy to repair, and it was years before resale values were high enough to make full restorations worthwhile. Quite a few survivors have been modified, as well, with everything from later CIH engines (which remained in use through the 1990s) to Weber carburetors and even small block Chevrolet V8s.

If the Opel GT never got the chance to become a great car, it was nonetheless an interesting one, and in some ways it was remarkable that it was built at all. The Monza GT never got past the prototype stage, nor did a contemporary sports car concept from Vauxhall, the 1966 VXR. The GT remains an attractive little car, but we can#8217;t help thinking that it could have been much more than a pretty face.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The author would like to thank Bob Nichols, Pat McLaughlin, and RUD66 from Flickr for the use of their photos and Kathy Adelson and Larry Kinsel of the GM Media Archive for their kind assistance in locating historical images.

NOTES ON SOURCES

Opel GT

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Some exchange rates for the dollar, the sterling, and the Deutschmark were estimated based on Lawrence H. Officer, #8220;Exchange Rates Between the United States Dollar and Forty-one Currencies,#8221; Measuring Worth, 2011-2012, www.measuringworth.org/exchangeglobal/, used with permission. Exchange rate values cited in the text represent the approximate equivalency of U.S. and British or German currencies at the time, not contemporary U.S. suggested retail prices, which are cited separately. Please note that all exchange rate equivalencies are approximate, provided solely for general reference; this is an automotive history, not a treatise on currency trading or the value of money!

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