Opels imported to North America, due to its head-opel manta a service manual styling and capacity for autobahn performance. Opel GT being one of a very few auto projects that went from a show car prototype to a production vehicle. Over 100,000 GT’s were produced, and over 70,000 Opel GT’s sold in North America.
The history of the Opel GT design extends as far back as 1962, BEFORE the production of the mid-1960’s Corvettes. The original Opel GT’s featured 15-inch wheels, front and rear anti-sway bars, and a 128hp dual-carburetor “Sprint” engine, before it was “de-tuned” by GM for the US market. Production models did retain the original 150mph speedometer, which is synchronized to maintain a parallel needle position with the functional tachometer at speed. A hybrid-energy Opel GT was developed in the 1970’s, and over 60,000 copies of plans from this vehicle were sold by “Mother Jones” magazine. The Opel GT is most recognized, from the appearance of an “Aztec Gold” 1969 model, in the opening scenes of the final season of TV’s “Get Smart. Why should I drive an Opel?
The German made Opel offers a combination of timeless classic body styles with rugged and durable mechanical design. Why should I restore an Opel? How can I find a good used Opel to buy? Locally, Opels occasionally appear in newspaper classified ads and specialty car sale magazines such as the ‘Auto Trader’ and ‘Hemmings. Another good local source is local Opel owners, who seem to network amongst themselves and often know of local restorable Opel bodies. Where can I find technical information to service my Opel?