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
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.…
Opel is one of those brands that has flirted with the US market for years, but never gained a strong foothold. One of their bright spots was in the late 1960s with the introduction of the Opel GT. Introduced in 1968, this diminutive sports coupe was sold through the Buick dealer network. It was an interesting collaboration of countries, with the body being built in France by Brissonneau & Lotz and its design originating from two Americans working out of Opel’s headquarters in Rüsselsheim. This was a halo car for Opel and a successful one at that. Over the course of it’s production run that ended in 1973, over 100,000 examples had been sold, with around 70% of those offloaded to the US market.
Dubbed a “baby Corvette” in certain circles, these GTs are a fun and affordable way into classic German car ownership. There’s a lot of basket case examples out there on the market if you are handy with a wrench, but dig a little deeper, and there are gems to be had like this 1969 GT for sale in Texas.
Model: GT 1900
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 56,367 miles
Price: No reserve auction
1969 Opel GT 1900
– All original interior retained
– Top of the line 1900 series GT
– Believed to be 59,367 actual miles
– Imported from Germany for Buick
Aesthetic Inspection Report:
Quality Grade: 3+ Preserved
Exterior Grade: 2- Well maintained
Paint: 2 – Very nice red paint.
Body Panels: 2 – Nice gaps. Very straight panels
Glass: 2 – Appears to be very nice original glass.
Lights: 3 – Most lights look to be in great original condition.
Wheels: 3 – Great looking aftermarket alloys.
With the introduction of the Mustang in 1964, Ford was successful in taking the rather ordinary Falcon and turning into something extraordinary that consumers lusted after. While the Plymouth Barracuda went on sale two weeks before the Mustang, it was when the Mustang was launched that the Pony Car wars begun. A similar trend followed across the pond, with the introduction of the Ford Capri in 1969 with the tagline “The Car You Always Promised Yourself.” One year later, Opel decided to have a go at the coupe market with the Manta, which was based on the Ascona. This car had a cult following amongst the youth in West Germany and even had a movie named after it entitled Manta, Manta. The Manta was also one of a handful of Opels that would be sold on Buick forecourts in the US market.
This Manta for sale south of Nuremberg, Germany is the hot one, the GT/E, which has the 1.9 liter engine with Bosch L Jetronic fuel-injection.
Model: Manta GT/E
Engine: 1.9 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 34,700 km (~ 21,500 mi)
Price: €18,900 ($24,335 USD)
Manta A 1.9E (GT/E) in 1a condition. The car was rebuilt at the end of the 1990s with no expense spared. Overhauled engine, 5-speed gearbox, brakes, internally ventilated Supersprint exhaust system with headers, new headliner and new carpet, sports seats from the i200, ATS 7×13 with 205 tires. Recent TÜV inspection, service, H-plate. A very nice vehicle that is hard to find in this condition. Sit down, drive on, have fun.
I’ve always liked the look of these early Mantas, as they foreshadowed a bit of the E24 6 series in their front profile. My father bought a 1972 Manta Rallye new from the Buick dealer.…
With the introduction of the Toyota GT-86/Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, a whole new generation has been introduced to the idea of a compact, rear-drive sports car. Hopefully the appearance of these cars spurs other manufacturers to follow suit, giving us all a breath of fresh air from humdrum compacts and the glut of SUVs out there. In the meantime, there are plenty of classic rides out there that fit the bill; notably, German ones. Sold in the US while Opel made an appearance at Buick dealers, the GT looked like a three quarters scale C3 Corvette. It shared mechanicals with the Kadett and its body was manufactured by the French concern Brissonneau & Lotz. A little over 100,000 of these two seater sports cars were made between 1968 and 1973.
This Opel GT for sale in California comes to our attention from our reader, Lewis, who happens to own it. It has been restored in a comprehensive manner along with a number of tasteful updates and modifications.
Model: Opel GT
Engine: 1.9 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 29,000 (new speedometer)
In 1965 Opel styling staff at Russelheim unveiled a concept car, the Opel GT at the Frankfurt Auto show. A popular hit at the exposition, GM soon sent over Clare MacKichan, who helped pen the Corvette to massage the design, based on the Mako Shark dream car. However, there are other influences including the aero Kamm-back rear end like the Pete Brock Daytona race car and the sensuous rounded fuselage of the Jaguar E-Type. Perhaps one can see in the Pontiac Banshee, a take on the Opel GT Headlights. The car was designed around the cockpit, with the engine moved back behind the front axle for more sports car handling feel.
In typical General Motors fashion, by the time Saturn started offering some very competitive products, a 2009 bankruptcy forced reorganization that saw the demise of what was once billed as “A Different Kind of Car Company.” In 2008, GM brought the Opel Astra to the US market, virtually unchanged from its European counterpart. GM predicted much larger sales for the Astra than it realized, with just under 12,000 sold in 2008 and a little over 6,000 sold in 2009 before the plug was pulled on importation of the C-segment hatchback. I drove a 2008 Astra XR 5-speed similar to the car featured here for sale in Tennessee. With 1.8 liters and 138 horsepower, it’s not fast but has adequate power to keep up in traffic and has decent handling dynamics. It drives similar to a Golf, but you can certainly sense you’re in something just a bit different.
2008 Saturn Astra XR hatchback coupe with approximately 66,000 miles. I am the original owner. I ordered this car from the factory before it was released, and in fact this was the first Astra sold in Arkansas. Never wrecked or smoked in. It’s in excellent condition with normal wear. Very minor blemishes – some scratches that I filled with a clearcoat pen, the rims have some curb rash, and the roof rails have been refinished and repaired due to a flaw in the factory finish.
All service has been done by a Saturn dealer or an authorized Saturn GM service dealer, with the exception of minor services I did myself (replaced an emissions valve, spark plugs, and air filters) and tires installed by an independent tire shop. All other work including all oil changes have been done by Saturn. I have all maintenance records. I have taken great car of this car; I drive conservatively and have not abused the car.
I like to try and feature something a bit special on Fridays here at GCFSB and I think it’s safe to say this super saloon falls into that category. The Opel Lotus Omega and its sibling, the Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, were for a time the fastest four-door car you could buy, with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds. Starting with rather humble Opel Omega mechanicals, the boffins at Lotus upgraded the 3.0 liter inline six to 3.6 liters and strapped two Garrett turbochargers to boost power to 377 horsepower and an impressive 419 lb ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was deemed adequate to handle the power of this machine, if it was a bit crude in comparison to the rest of the package. Upgraded brakes and suspension bits along with 17” Ronal wheels rounded off the package.
In two years, a mere 950 cars were produced, all wearing the shade Imperial Green. About 60% of which were the version you see here, the Opel Lotus Omega. Similar to the current MINI Cooper, these cars were a German and British collaboration, but are significant enough to gain our respect here at GCFSB. With a fiercely loyal following the Lotus Omega and Lotus Carlton still fetch strong money on the used market. This Lotus Omega for sale in Switzerland is a lightly used example with only 8,500 miles on the clock.
One owner, Swiss delivery. All documents, perfect condition (the corresponding km). Guaranteed accident free and mileage. Production Number: 566
Compared to that other brute, the Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500, the Lotus Omega has faired better in terms of market value, no doubt due to their rarity. Closing in on $49,000 makes this a car for the serious collector; punters need not apply.…
Starting in the late 1950s, General Motors began to import cars from its longtime European subsidiary, Adam Opel AG. The Olympia Rekord was one of the first cars from this company to make it to our shores, resembling a bit of a scaled down 1956 Chevrolet. Powered by a 1.5 liter four cylinder engine, it didn’t mirror the Chevy in the power department, but in post WWII West Germany, this car was second best seller behind the Volkswagen Beetle. I’ve never seen one of these cars here on US soil, and this example for sale in Massachusetts is amazingly well preserved for a 53 year old car.
I am listing this car for a friend of mine, a 1959 Opel Olympia Rekord. As the owner of Bill Daley Opel Parts, Bill is selling this Opel from his private collection and has owned this car for 30+ years. It is an original rust free California car and has always been garaged. The interior is all original except for a new carpet. The engine, 1.5L 4 cylinder was rebuilt years ago and runs excellent. The transmission is a column shift 3 speed. The car has always been started every year. The body is rust free and the front fenders are nos. The original fenders had many dents so Bill replaced both before painting. The paint is 25 years old and was painted the original Neptune Blue. Also, included are NOS tail-lamp housings, door moldings, rubber door gaskets, etc. The mileage is 39,000 kilometers. This is a fairly rare car as not many were imported to the United States by Buick.
At least in the US, putting a value on this car is difficult, as there aren’t many comps by which to evaluate it. A quick scan of Mobile.de, a German vehicle marketplace, shows a few Olympias between 1957 and 1960 pop up, ranging from €5,500 to €7,500.…
There has been a long partnership between the Buick and Opel subsidiaries of GM over the years. Currently, the Opel Insignia is sold here in the US as the Buick Regal and there are plans to bring the Opel Astra over as a Buick, now that the Saturn division is defunct. But it was a little over forty years ago that Opels began to show up at Buick dealers, without being rebadged. This Kadett B, or second generation Kadett, is one of the cars that launched the small car assault on US dealers. This particular Opel also saw production reach 2.6 million, making it one of the most popular Opels of all time. This particular car for sale on Staten Island is more than likely one of the few Kadetts left on these shores, regardless of condition.
Now when was the last time we have seen one of these cars? WOW, talk about memories! This is a really neat 1968 Opel Kadett L. These cool little cars were made in Germany, and sold here in the States by the Buick Dealers across the country. This Opel is in AMAZING SHAPE for the year, and was GARAGED KEPT since day one! It was sold here by a Buick Dealership right here in Staten Island, New York by Robins Reef Buick, which is long gone today. The name tag is still on the rear deck lid to this day as seen in the photo! This Opel shows only 43,000 miles on it, and the way this car is so well preserved, I believe that this is the true mileage!
Now remember, these cars were NOTORIOUS to rust, and they really did start to rust so bad even when they were only two years old. NOT THIS ONE!
This Manta has been repainted in a bright blue all over to give a monochromatic look. This helps the U.S. safety bumpers blend in a bit.
The car is listed as having 8,100 miles, but that most certainly would be 108,100 do to the 5 digit odometer on the Manta.
The owner states the car has plenty of upgrades and new parts. It sits on modern 15″ wheels, but the stock 13″s come with the car. It has some exhaust work, which should make the 4 cylinder sound nice.
The larger 1.9 liter mated to the 4 speed manual is the setup to have in this the last model year of the Manta A.
While 90 horsepower isn’t much to play with the car is fairly light and the four speed should make it fun.
I wish this add had a bit more description in it. The bidding is up to $2,125 with a reserve not met.
For years, I often wondered when Ford and General Motors would see the light and realize that some of their European offerings would work well here in the US market. Not only would a strategy such as this save development costs but it would be a boon for enthusiasts not enamored by the usual condominium-sized SUVs and rental fleet mid-sized sedans which are the bread and butter of US manufacturers. With the restructuring of GM and demise of Saturn, Buick was the de facto brand to foist Opels on the North American scene, albeit rebadged as Buicks. The first example of this was the resurrection of the Regal nameplate, a rebadged Opel Insignia. I’ve driven the 2.4 liter version with a 6 speed automatic and have to say, I came away impressed. It drove a bit like a slightly more refined Volkswagen Passat. It was by no means underpowered and you can tell this wasn’t your typical American car, as its German heritage shined through in both fit and finish and ride quality. Now Buick has introduced a hot version of the Regal for 2012, the GS. After laying eyes on this car at the Washington, DC Auto Show, I was impressed. While we are not getting the turbocharged, all-wheel drive V6 version of the Opel Insignia OPC, the GS packs a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine good for 270 horsepower, albeit without all-wheel drive. Also included in the package is an available 6 speed manual transmission, Brembo brake calipers and a tuned suspension package.
This 2012 Buick Regal GS is in absolutely perfect condition and nearly new, showing less than 500 miles on the odometer (It will be driven between now and the end of the auction). There is no body damage and no mechanical faults that we are aware of.