Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Synchronized Headlamps: 1971 Opel GT
The Opel GT is a perky little 2-seat sports car from the late 60s/early 70s that offers a huge amount of character for a small entry price. Performance won't be much worse than a Porsche 912, but it will be about 1/50th of the cost to own. Find this 1971 Opel GT here on eBay bidding for $2,800 in Cincinnati, OH with 4 days to go.
The Opel GT was a compact sports car by GM's European subsidiary Opel from 1965 to 1973. The little "poor man's Vette" (reference to its styling similarity with Chevrolet's C3 Covette) was sold and maintained at Buick dealers in North America, an odd place to find a European transplant and undoubtedly part of the reason it was sales failure.
The Opel GT was available with two engine choices, a 1.9 liter cam-in-head (CIH) upgrade engine putting out 102 horsepower, and a 1.1 liter OHV inline-4 putting out 67hp -- I believe this car has the 1.9 liter engine based on the big finned aluminum valve cover.
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