Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:
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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:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Bitter SC 3.9 on eBay
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.