Thursday, August 7, 2014

8k: A Bitter Pill to Hoon: 1985 Bitter SC Coupe

The Bitter SC was Erich Bitter's second project after the CD, a car not named for Steve Martin's Cyrano-de-Bergerac-inspired character in Roxanne, but for its mechanical underpinnings from the Opel Diplomat (Coupe Diplomat). The SC looks like a Ferrari 412 minus some (or all) of its focal points and absolutely nails the modular design theme of the 1980s. This low-mile, well-maintained coupe is #467 of only 470-ish ever made. The appeal of its low price is offset by the owner's foreboding warning to anyone planning to use this vehicle for hooning, long-distance driving, or daily driving. But woe to the owner who keeps this sturdy coupe constricted to a garage. Find this 1985 Bitter SC Coupe in Longmount, CO for $7,500 reserve-not-met via eBay.

According to a website devoted to Bitter cars, the SC's weekly production in 1981 was exactly one car a week, but by 1982, output had doubled. Look out, Camry. American sales - or lack thereof - were largely left to GM's network of Buick dealers, creating a brand management fiasco matched by factory oddballs like Merkur, Geo, and the like. 

Under the hood of this German gem is an Opel 3.9L straight-six generating 207 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque to the rear wheels through an Opel 3-speed automatic. Opel provided the parts for the SC's suspension, axles, brakes, wheels, and more, while the body and interior came from Italy. All SCs utilized Bosch L-Jetronic electric fuel injection, and 1985 models used a Porsche-inspired emissions system. Things should hold together well as long as hard-to-find trim pieces don't eject themselves onto the pavement.

The owner has meticulously restored various trim, glass, and mechanical pieces, but lists a dozen tasks the future owner could address. He or she is even willing to help source whatever parts are left in the restoration process. That's sure to require large chunks of time better spent conjecturing which Steve Martin film best relates to the SC... from the "lobster" leather seats while driving down your favorite road.

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  1. Thank-you for sharing information on my car. I've loved these cars since I was a young kid in HS. (back in the day).

    Today I have two SCs and a kid in college - hence the sale.

    I realize not everybody loves these cars the way I do, but I want to keep them in the public eye and let car people know there is a close knit community of people willing to support them.

    Please write me if you have questions/concerns.
    Tim O'Brien

  2. Worms, Roxanne, Worms!
    The CD looks similar to one of my favorite Lamborghinis, the Urraco. Only it had a Chevy 327 V-8!
    Nice car Tim.


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