Opel GT Is The Baby Corvette From Europe
Few remember the Opel GT, a car with sports car looks and a low price. Built by General Motor's German subsidiary, the GT came as a surprise to many, including Porsche. When it was revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche employees in attendance couldn't believe Opel built a sports car.
We just wish the GT's performance would match its looks.
Even for the time performance was horrid. The 1.1-litre four cylinder engine offered in the base model made just 67 horsepower. The more powerful 1.4-litre wasn't any better, providing only 100 horses. Buyers at the time also complained of strong understeer due to its tiny 165x13 tires.
But despite performance shortcomings, the cars were selling. When production ended in 1973, Opel had built over 103,000 GTs during the 5 year run. Its popularity undermined by the quicker Datsun 240z.
Here are a few reasons why the Opel GT is a special car:
- Design: The Opel GT is a stylish car with a classic design that is still popular today. The car has a long, sleek body with a sloping roofline and a large grille. The Opel GT is also known for its pop-up headlights, which were a novelty at the time.
- Performance: The Opel GT is a powerful car that was designed for performance. The car was originally powered by a 1.1-liter engine that produced 80 horsepower. Later models were powered by a 1.9-liter engine that produced 100 horsepower. The Opel GT could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 10 seconds, which was fast for a car of its time.
- Handling: The Opel GT is a well-handling car that is fun to drive. The car has a short wheelbase and a tight suspension, which makes it agile and responsive. The Opel GT is also a relatively light car, which helps with its handling.
- Rarity: The Opel GT is a rare car, which makes it even more desirable. Only about 100,000 Opel GTs were ever made, and most of them were sold in Europe. The Opel GT is also a popular collectible car, which has driven up its value.
If you are looking for a stylish, powerful, and rare car, the Opel GT is a great option. The car is sure to turn heads wherever you go.
These two Opel GTs were collected and shipped overseas.