As an automotive blog, we receive our fair share of emails suggesting we feature specific cars. Often they’re popular versions of cars that everyone likes to see; M3s, S6s, M5s, 190E 2.3 16Vs – the usual suspects. But probably once every other week or so someone spots something legitimately rare to see; this past week, we were sent two such gems. One was a rare Mercedes-Benz L319 delivery van – it was in rough shape but all there, and they’re very cool to see, with perhaps only single digit numbers in the United States – thanks to our reader Kurt for sending that one through, it had us dreaming! The other was an equally rare sight these days, but this car represented the opposite end of the spectrum from the Mercedes. Clearly loved and well cared for by the seller, this 1985 Bitter SC features the later, 207 horsepower 3.9 inline-6 and is presented in pleasing Anthracite Grey:
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While we usually don’t like to show cars that are not at least good examples of the respective marques that they represent, occasionally some oddballs pop up that are just too good to pass up. Today is such a case, with two unique vehicles popping up on Ebay that rarely get seen at all. Unfortunately, both are in need of a fair amount of work, so depending on your comfort level I wouldn’t really consider either of these cars a turn key, collector vehicle as they stand. However, with the right about know-how, determination and a fair amount of work I think both of these cars could be resurrected to their former glory; certainly, both would bring smiles at shows wherever they went. Let’s look first at the rare duck of the two, the Bitter SC:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Bitter SC on eBay
Full disclaimer: I am not a fan of stretched tires and wheels that poke out beyond the sidewall. Nor am I a proponent of them on classic European cars. But what I will support, however, is someone’s passionate pursuit of not not only preserving but also clearly enjoying their time with an unconventional classic like the Opel Manta. As you’ve likely seen, I went on a bit of a tear regarding the lack of stock MK2 VWs; this is still how I feel. But as it pertains to Opels, I have no such concerns. I am merely happy to see someone keeping it on the road, and making some good decisions about maintenance and modifications along the way. The seller could have much more easily opted for a Civic or Integra platform, but they dared to be different and delivered a car that will definitely turn heads. Swap out the wheels for a more modest fitment and I’m willing to bet you won’t see yourself twice any time soon.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Opel Manta on Florida’s Craigslist
Want something plush for highway cruising but not a particular fan of any of the American modern classics? Well, why not try on what GM’s Europe arm had on for size at the end of the 1980s, the Opel Senator. The Senator B was a long-wheelbase version of the Opel Omega, a car that would later go on to form the basis for the Cadillac Catera. The Senator was laid to rest after the 1993 model year, as Opel decided the new Omega would give the company enough range in the luxury segment. This Senator for sale in Northwest Germany is a top level CD model with the 3.0 liter inline-6.
Click for more details: 1989 Opel Senator B CD 3.0i on Mobile.de
The 1990s was not a bad time for car design. Crash bumpers and DOT approved headlights for US market cars made way for more flush fitting bumpers and aerodynamic lighting thanks to advances in technology. This was also before new pedestrian crash standards raised up the hood and cowl lines of new cars, so you still had some nice, sleek designs out there. One of my favorite designs from this period was a car that was never sold here stateside: the Opel Calibra. This coupe was based off of the Vectra platform and held the title of most aerodynamic vehicle for a time. Offered with a range of four cylinder engines and a 2.5 liter V6, the top model was this one, the turbocharged 16V 4×4. This Calibra 4×4 for sale in Bavaria was stored away for a while
Model: Calibra Turbo 16V 4×4
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 82,700 km (51,387 mi)
Price: €6,999 (~ $9,612 USD)
Click for more details: 1993 Opel Calibra Turbo 16V 4×4 on Mobile.de
In March 1992 the Calibra Turbo 4×4 hit the dealers as the new flagship model. In it, the 2.0-liter 16V engine (C20LET) was used, equipped with a KKK turbocharger (K16) and a charge air cooler making 150 kW (204 hp). The turbocharger was a new development, it was not flanged but integrated into the exhaust manifold. The turbo engine was combined with a standard six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive, an automatic transmission did not come with the turbo. The maximum torque is 280 Nm, which is already at 2400 rpm. The Calibra Turbo was the fastest car of its kind: indicated top speed of 245 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. It cost in 1992 DM 49,880.00
This splendid example was titled in December 1993 the first time. Logged in September 1994. And in the following spring once again logged. This went on for years until March 23, 2007. At this time, a man had decided to put the car in a barn and store it. In the spring of this year I then discovered this car. After being stored, of course, a lot had to be done. Belts, etc. replaced, then brakes, wishbones, accumulator, etc. Then I drove the car on nice weekends to Lake Constance. Most routes were so “long distance.”
Now I need to part, unfortunately, due to lack of space and money reasons. The TÜV was a lot (TÜV is new). The mileage is verified! The car is in complete original condition (the original radio is also available). More pics will be in Autoscout, or if you are interested, by email. Of course, I am also reachable by phone for you!
So do not hesitate to call me!
The first Calibras produced will soon be eligible for import to the US, but I doubt that many, if any, will show up here. Without a recent visible presence in the US market other than some recent Saturn and Buick offerings that were rebadged Opels, the following for these coupes is not that big. In addition, the transfer case on 4×4 models such as this one is known to be fragile and cause added maintenance expense and headaches. So while it’s 4WD Week here at GCFSB, if you really want a Calibra, it would probably be best to eye up a front-drive variant.