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.
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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.
As John DeLorean found out with his ill-fated sports car that lasted for all of three model years, starting your own car company isn’t easy. Such was the case with Erich Bitter, a name which is rather obscure outside of the most hardcore auto enthusiast circles. A former race driver, Bitter took mundane Opel mechanicals and created low production sports and luxury models which were sold in both in Europe and the US. The company started out with the CD in 1973, which was originally an Opel design study. Later, in 1979, Bitter unveiled the SC, which was based on Opel Senator mechanicals. One quick look and you might mistake it for a Ferrari 400i. Under the skin it was anything but, with an Opel inline-6 under the hood and an interior lined in leather dotted with GM switchgear. Under 500 coupes were built over ten years, with 22 convertibles and just five sedans. A few made their way into the US via Buick dealers such as this SC for sale in New York.
Engine: 3.9 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 66,540 mi
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Bitter SC on eBay
1985 Bitter SC … 66,540 Original Miles
Engine: 6 Cyl, 3.0L
Transmission: 3 speed turbo hydramatic transmission
Body Style: Coupe
This German Beauty comes to us equipped with automatic transmission, power brakes, leather / heated seats, fog lights, power windows, power door locks, Blaupunkt tape / AM / FM and air conditioning.
Engine is in good shape, does not smoke, does not leak, nice and quiet. Transmission feels Perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Suspension is in excellent shape, Car tracks nice and straight. There is no evidence of any electrical problems.
The exterior is in excellent shape for a 1985. The car has absolutely no rust anywhere. Leather seats, carpet floor and glass are all in great shape. Interior of this car is nice and clean. This Bitter has 4 matching brand new tires that are mounted on good straight rims. Upholstery has been redone by our upholstery shop, they have taken extra care to match the original design
Our mechanics have performed regular maintenance as well as replaced the exhaust on this beauty. It will be sold with a clear title and it will be sold as-is, where-is.
Throughout my life, I’ve only come across a few Bitters in person, and all have been the later SC models. The last few I’ve seen have been rather whipped, so it’s refreshing to see one that is rather well preserved. Autoweek recently featured a comparison of the SC against the 400i, and they listed a price of $26,000 for a pristine example of an SC. It’s always hard to nail down a price on a car you don’t see everyday, but the last few SCs I’ve seen in good shape have been ranging in the $8,000 to $15,000 territory. A coach built coupe based on mainstream mechanicals isn’t for everyone, but to some collectors, the SC represents a lot of exclusivity for the money.
The Opel GT has always been a car that intrigued me. There are times that I look at it and think “Yeah, that car is awesome!” and then I see another and think “Man, that car is just not right!”. I’m not sure why I have such a polar reaction to this model, but I seem to every time. There are some that to me just look fantastic, and others that look like kit cars gone wrong. Perhaps that is in part due to the number of these that I’ve seen in good condition – I’m sure I can count it on one hand. Many, many more I’ve seen rotting in driveways (not unlike some of the Corvettes they were modeled after…), half covered in tarps and awaiting – nee, begging for some attention. Today’s example has obviously gotten a lot of that attention, and is one of the few that makes me smile:
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 70,000 mi
Price: $11,500 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1971 Opel GT on eBay
Opel GT completely restored. Drives very nice. Engine rebuilt and engine compartment restored. Nice interior, tires, wheels, stereo, glass, and paint. You will not be disappointed with this vehicle. I’ve never seen a Opel GT this clean. Buyer responsible for shipping.
The absolute best way to restore a car is to buy a car that someone else has restored. There is no cheaper way to do it, with one caveat – you hope they did it right. Today’s Opel GT sure looks great, but the lack of details on the restoration, the knock-off alloys, questionable dash padding and stripes make me wonder a bit how thorough this restoration was. These are pretty simple cars that surprisingly you can still get parts for, so I’m not sure that would turn me off all that much. While the performance of this car won’t shock anyone with only around 80 horsepower, they’re light enough to have fun with, and this one looks to have upgrades to the ignition and cooling. As good as this looks, it’s sure to draw a crowd at the next show it attends. Pricing on the best Opel GTs is in the mid teens according to Hagerty, with condition 2 cars around the asking price of today’s example. If you’re looking for a unique occasional car that can be shown and enjoyed on a budget, this might just be the perfect car!