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1985 Bitter SC

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.

Year: 1985
Model: SC
Engine: 3.9 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 66,540 mi
Price: $13,400

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1985 Bitter SC … 66,540 Original Miles

Engine: 6 Cyl, 3.0L
Transmission: 3 speed turbo hydramatic transmission
VIN: W09526219FSB09175
Exterior: Blue
Interior: Tan
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.


One Comment

  1. David
    David September 24, 2013

    I’ve liked the Bitter since reading about them in Road & Track when I was in high school. Never saw one on the road though.

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