1975 Opel Manta B Irmscher GT/E

The folks over at BringATrailer caught this on Craigslist the same day I caught it on eBay.

This is not a usual site here in the states. The Manta B is not as identifiable to those who might casually be familiar with the Opel brand in the U.S. as say the Opel GT is, but to those more in the know it is unmistakably Opel. The Manta B is a neat looking car. Kind of like a time travel backwards breeding of Sierra Cosworth and BMW 6 series in terms of looks, though styling supposedly was based on the Chevy Monza if you believe wikipedia.

The cars received some attention in rally circles with some pretty hefty outputs coming from under the hood.

This particular car has what I presume is a bored out stock 2.0 liter to 2.2, which I would guess is putting out a little north of 100 horsepower coming from the dual carb setup. The car looks great with some tuning parts by Irmscher including body kit and exhaust work. The swept rear wing is a very distinguished look. It is also hard not to dig that plaid interior, which is in need of some repair. I also could do without the overhead speaker setup. Wouldn’t you rather listen to the engine as you rowed the gears anyway?

The car has 55,000 miles and the seller is asking $15,000 or best offer. That is a pretty hefty sum for a car that elsewhere in the world isn’t really rare, but when you have a pretty one of a kind vehicle stateside you can ask what you want. Too bad Buick didn’t continue to sell these like they did earlier Opels.

I wish the seller would include more description about the driving experience. I suspect some tail happy driving can be had with this.…

1969 Opel Kadett B Rallye

Not a whole of description on this Opel, but it looks like a neat little car. The Opel Kadett Rallye featured a 1.9 liter engine and a bit over 100 horsepower. Not really scorching performance, but with the manual transmission I’m sure spirited driving is possible.

This car features the extra rally lights, head work, new paint, clutch, shocks, brakes, bushings.

Judging from the nearly identical Kadett in the background it looks like the seller has found a niche in restoring these to daily driver status. The paint scheme is very time specific and can be a bit hard to get used to for those not really into the green/brown/yellow color.

65,000 miles on the car and bidding is up at $2,500 with the reserve not met. Perfect for the Opel fan that wants more room than the GT provides.

1969 Opel Kadett Rallye on eBay


2011 Opel Insignia

Even though it’s a brand of which most Americans are unaware, Opel has had a long history in the United States. First being sold under their own badge through Buick dealers in the 1960s and 1970s, Cadillac tried their hand at rebadging the Opel Omega as their compact executive entry, the Catera. While the Catera was a huge improvement over Cadillac’s last attempt at a small car, the Cimarron, fewer than 100,000 were produced during its lifespan from 1997 through 2001.

Saturn was the next division to grab the Opel torch, offering the L series, followed by the Aura, midsized sedans based on the Opel Vectra chassis. It also offered rebadged versions of the GT (Sky) and Astra, before the divisions untimely demise in 2010. Now Opel products have found their way back stateside by Buick dealers yet again, as the Regal has returned, this time a rebadged Insignia, which was the Vectra’s replacement.

I’ve always wondered how hard it would be to simply rebadge the Regal back to its Opel roots. Apparently some industrious owner went ahead and answered that question outside of Chicago, offering up the remainder of their lease on a 2011 Regal (Insignia).

2011 Opel Insignia on eBay

The owner is going back to Europe, and no longer needs it. Very unique car -over $15,000 invested, including suspension and wheels.

The car gets endless attention, as it is the only one like it in America. Winning bidder must have good credit and is responsible for arranging swap thru ALLY. Lease transfer can be done only after this auction is paid for in full. This car has everything including Bluetooth, XM, DVD player, etc. Gets 30MPG on regural unleaded. Payment $440/month with $14k buyout in 08/14.

I’ve driven the new Regal with the 2.4 non turbo engine and the 6 speed automatic, which is what powers this car.…

1971 Opel GT for summer

Nothing too fancy here just a fun summer car. This particular one struck my interest as the seller lists that he has owned 32 Opel GTs and this one is one of the best. The car has 114,000 miles and price currently sits at $6,000 with the reserve not met. This German mini corvette looks like an honest daily driver example.

From the seller:

-All new carpeting
-All new seats
-New Headliner (minute tear, unnoticeable)
-Dash has been re-covered
-New shifter boot
-Original Opel GT Radio
-All Gauges work except the clock
-Interior dome light even works when door is opened
-Steering wheel has typical cracking near spokes
-Rear trunk area is also new (same for rear deck where speaker is)
-Driver side door map pocket is torn
-Other than the few imperfections mentioned, the interior is BRAND NEW!

-Undercarriage is perfect (no rust at all!)
-Suspension is tight (no squeaks or rattles)
-Original Opel GT rims (like new) with new tires
-All lights and lenses are original Hella
-Front bumper is near mint no dings or dents (chrome sparkles!)
-All body lines are how they should be
-Small, 1/2″ rust spot on the very bottom of the left rear fender flare
-Also, a small bubble on the right rear fender flare
-Other than a few small scratches and chips that have been touched up, the paint is nearly flawless
-Car was professionally painted Chevy Red with base coat and clear coat
-Windshield has not a single chip in it and gasket border has been replaced (same for rear window)
-All chrome trim around windows are in near perfect condition
-All emblems are brand new
-I’m sure I’m missing a few things, but one look at the photos tells the tale

Engine and Drive Train:
-39,000 miles on rebuilt motor
-Clutch pressure plate and throwout bearing are both new
-Brand new brakes all around
-Rebuilt Weber 32/36 DGEV carburetor with original air filter setup
-All gas vent lines have been replaced (no gas smell in car)
-Headlights have been re-wired
-New resonator and pipe
-New battery
-New alternator
-New belt
-Recent tuneup
-Car was just inspected last month


2001 Cadillac Catera (Opel Omega) with low mileage

OK, so while this car isn’t wearing a German badge, most people will recognize this car for what it is, a rebadged version of Opel’s executive class vehicle, the Omega. Still reeling from the failed experiment that was the Cimmaron (itself a rebadged Chevrolet Cavalier), Cadillac sought to offer something more sophisticated for it’s entry level sedan and sourced the Omega from it’s German subsidiary. Named the Catera, it was markedly different from Cadillacs of the time, offering rear wheel drive and very un-Cadillac looks. Here is a clean, low mileage late model example of the baby Caddy that paved the way to the CTS.

We are proud to present this STUNNING 2001 Cadillac Catera for sale. Garage kept with 47k actual miles. Fully loaded with power sunroof, dual power seats, xenon lights, Onstar, Bose stereo, and more. Made in Germany. Four new Pirelli tires. Never smoked in. Well maintained with books and records. Showroom condition.

The Catera isn’t the most exciting piece of German iron, but well maintained examples are becoming less and less common and when found, could provide a refreshing alternative to the smaller offerings from Mercedes and Lexus. For a shade under $7,000, this could be quite the dark horse in the value for money game.


1974 Opel Manta

Growing up, I would hear my father talk about the 1972 Opel Manta Rallye that he owned, complaining about issues with vapor lock but praising the car for it’s solidity and good looks. Opel Mantas are a very rare sight on US roads these days, and if you see one on the road, it would most likely be clapped out. This very original Manta, then, is more rare than the proverbial hen’s teeth.

The seller states:

There is only 45,500 miles on this classic sports coupe, a 1974 Opel Manta! Opel pursued a unique sales approach for their line in the U.S. Market causing only a few Opel models to be sold in the U.S. Opels were imported by GM and sold through Buick dealerships but not their own dealership network, so they were limited in what makes and models they could sell here.

This 4-cylinder automatic is in good running condition and has been maintained on a yearly basis (with all receipts and records of that maintenance available for inspection). This car is being sold because the owner is deceased. It was originally purchased it May 10, 1976 in Ohio with 15,800 miles on it. The owner then moved to Ames, Iowa to live with her sister in June 20, 1997 and the car had 40,433 miles on it at that time. On October 20, 1997, it was rust protected by Ziebart. On August 24, 1998 it had some body work done (don’t know specifics of what). It was then painted on May 28, 1999 and paint protected by Ziebart. It was maintained by a local garage during the subsequent years. It was in storage from fall 2008 until fall 2009 when I moved it to my house. I put a new battery in it and took it out a couple of months ago, August 2010, and have been driving it off and on.

2008 Saturn (Opel) Astra

The Saturn Astra was one of those subcompacts that graced our shores far too briefly, as the unrest in the automotive world took Saturn away from us suddenly, leaving us without a GM division on these shores to absorb these captive imports. While the Astra was quite popular in Europe, they didn’t sell rapidly in the US, mainly due to the fact that dealers weren’t sure how to market them and the buying public unaware how much of a quantum leap this vehicle was over the horrendous and heinous Saturn Ion.

Here we have what is claimed to be the first Saturn Astra in the US switched back to Opel livery:

The seller states:

You are bidding on a customized 2008 Saturn / Opel Astra with 30,700 miles and a 5-speed manual transmission. This was the first Astra in the US to be converted to full Opel parts. Vehicle was bought new in 2008, and I’m the only owner.

A lot of time / love / parts importing went into this car, and the condition reflects that. I’ve never had any problems with the car, and it turns heads everywhere it goes. Average mileage over the past two and half years has been around 27-28 mpg. I have all the service / upgrade receipts as well, so as to keep track of the car’s history. Only reason I’m selling is I’m starting another project car, and I’d like to find a new home for this one to free up the monthly payments.

Vehicle still retains the original 60,000-mile / 5-year factory warranty, and has a dealer-installed MOGO tracking device in case of theft (helps lower insurance costs as well). The car has never been beaten on, as I’m respectful of vehicle maintenance; has only seen a few spirited canyon runs, and daily driving.

German marques well represented in Watkins Glen.

Having just returned from my annual “business trip” to the Glenora Wine Cellars, formerly Zippo, U.S. Vintage Grand Prix and Racing Festival in Watkins Glen New York I thought it would be appropriate to give you a taste of some of the German metal out on display. In the next couple of days I’ll put up some posts of several of the German street and race cars that I came across for sale while cruising the garage and paddock. Over the course of the weekend I saw all the major marques we cover, except one, represented racing on the track and though there wasn’t one racing, an Opel GT was prowling the car corral. If you ever find yourself near the Fingerlakes region of New York early in September put this event on your calendar. It continues to be one of the largest vintage racing events in the country seeing between 400 and 500 of the finest and funkiest vintage and modern classic racers zooming around the birth place of road racing in America. Here is a  small look at a few of the German machines:

The fast included:

1. a legendary 2000 Audi R8 that turned the fastest time of all competitors with ease.
2. a pair of BMW CSL racers looking and sounding fantastic.
3. a pair of serious M powered Formula cars.
4. a new 2011 Mercedes SLS, parked next to an equally fast Ferrari 599, I overheard someone say both cars were for sale.
5. Speaking of fast and Ferrari, the Audi S4 pictured in this photo can be seen leading a Ferrari 355 challenge. When the rains came Sunday the Audi took control garnering a second place overall in its class race. Despite a fogged windshield, due to non functioning defroster, the Audi left the Ferrari far behind in a roar of turbo whine and quattro powered rain plumes.…

1972 Opel Admiral B

Until Cadillac rebadged the Opel Omega as a Catera, large Opels were obscure vehicles for most Americans. Introduced in 1969 to replace the Admiral A, the Admiral B was powered by an OHV 2.8 liter inline six, which could be optioned with fuel injection, making this the first Opel model to offer the technology. The large sedan soldiered on until 1977 when the Senator replaced both it and the similar Diplomat. This seller claims this is the only Admiral in the U.S. but has no proof to back it up. In any case, you will surely be the only one on your block, if not the state, to drive one of these large German sedans.

The seller states:

1972 Opel Admiral, imported from Germany. It’s been in the United States around a year. The car is original, no accidents, original paint. The car has 25,000 original miles. A few things were done to the car when we received it. New spark plugs, new spark plug wires, rotor, cap, brakes front and rear, brand new master cylinder, brand new Michelin tires. Also upgraded the stereo system and you can see on the pictures a complete exhaust system. Most of these parts were ordered directly from Germany. It has a few small rust spots.

So far there are a few bids but there is a reserve on the auction. Values on these kind of vehicles, especially outside of their home markets can be hard to put a finger on. This seller had listed this car at $19,000 a few days ago without a reserve, so it’s safe to say he is probably hoping to get over $10,000. While in good shape, there is a noticeable amount of rust that needs to be addressed and finding parts would not be an easy task stateside.…

Budget Buy Low Mile 1971 Opel Ascona A 1900 Wagon

Looking for a different, yet practical, daily driver? One that will get you a few looks at the local weekend car show, but also return respectable MPG? One that you can register as a classic car, but still take down to the home improvement store for a load of supplies? Top it all off with extremely low mileage. This may be your car.
This well looked after Opel station wagon has covered a mere 34,000 miles. It has hardly been broken in. The seller states that the car was put into storage after the first owner died. Once it was resurrected the next owner kept a notebook detailing every time the car was driven.
The car is all original with only minor wear. Opel kept things pretty standard for all their cars so Asconas came fitted with the popular 1.9 liter inline 4, which sends 90 horsepower through the optional automatic transmission. That may not seem like much, but the car doesn’t weigh much over 2000lbs. You sometimes see these called the Opel 1900.
This quite a great, clean, example and there is something cool about two door wagons. The pie plate hub caps, roof rack and chrome back fog lights add to the charm. The long time GM-Opel partnership showed it was a great way to get these smaller cars into the U.S. compared to the giant yachts that were being built here. It is up to the new owner to decide which bumper sticker to remove first, the Mcain-Palin one or the St. Louis Cardinals one.
This could be a much easier purchase to justify than say a far less practical two seat sports car. Buy-it-Now is $8750.