Opel GT 1970 1.9 Liter 4 Cylinder Coupe, 4 Speed Manual: Mostly complete upgrade, vintage classic German “corvette style” sports car turns 50 years in 2020, modified for reliability and safety with new stock crate engine (2,018 miles as of January 2020) with lots of zip. Custom design nose, and flawlessly redone exterior / interior, custom ground effects & custom body work, custom wheels (radial tires 185/06R14), new steering & brake system, cream and tan leather interior, upgrade bucket seats, redesigned custom whiteface dash instruments, beautiful candy apple professional high gloss finish. Second owner, the GT has been in our family since early/mid 1970s. This was an upgrade restoration project. Garaged and covered, driven around block monthly only to run engine. Road worthy, perfect for collector or nostalgic car enthusiast. Guaranteed head-turner in town or on-the-road. Appraisal provided (2010). Clear title. Car garaged and covered in Springfield, Mo, can arrange shipping in the US (priced additional or buyer arranges own shipping or pick-up).
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Opel GT engine tour
Opel GT virtual drive
NOTE October 24 Status:
We have identified the following items with two mechanics that are to be done on this Opel GT to bring it even further to "original". The listing price assumes the items below will be completed and is "firm" (although I'm told never to list your bottom-line price so as to "play the car hondle-game", I broke the rules and didn't list it for $22,500). The paint alone on this Opel GT was reported to be $10k. This car is 50 years old, but has been well taken care of. These items below are slated to be completed shortly, however, any interested buyer today may feel free to make an offer and complete these items yourself. Check with me as to updated status. The car is currently in the shop under excellent mechanic care for front end ball joints, tie rods, bushing replacement and alignment (parts from Gill at opelgtsource.com). The 4-speed manual transmission needs to be checked out, as the reverse gear pops out if you let go of the shifter (otherwise all gears work just fine). To fix the reverse gear, experts say needs rebuilt transmission ($250 from opelgtsource.com + shipping and installation). This Opel was never in any accident or stress / distress during its life. I drove it to the mechanic, 22 miles away on highway and winding back roads, and it drives beautifully, zippy, loves the road. Upon picking up the GT, I can't wait to drive it back after the new ball joints etc. are installed, as the front end will be tighter like new. We are only allowing all mechanical work on this car to be performed by a high performance shop that works on high-end German import cars. Some of the parts below are "missing" when the car was professionally painted but never re-installed. The back story is this car was being restored & customized by a family member who suddenly passed away before he could complete the entire restoration, and this GT is part of an estate sale (time for it to find a new owner who will appreciate this Opel GT). We have a receipts folder and historical paperwork for work done over the years. Unclear how complete all records are (can't find body paint receipts) but have receipts from late '90s thru to 2018 (I've gone through most of it). Best we know the engine was the first item rebuilt with new block (2,121 miles on engine as of last Friday morning).
- Gas gauge doesn't read accurately (sender unit or dash gauge)
- Transmission pan gasket replacement (check fluids, over all transmission status)
- Windshield spritz system needs installed
- Hood Latch needs installed
- Check 2 dash gauges: oil pressure, ameter/voltage, clock (replace or fix);
- Spare tire bin: Shelf, screw jack to install
- Undercarriage minor rust spots (confirm structural integrity)
- Doors: outside window seal install (bottom of windows)
- Passenger side headlamp assembly adjustment (doesn't fully lock flush to body in closed position, have to touch slightly to fully lock)
- Horn replacement (its getting voltage)
- Backup light (bulbs or wiring)
- Emergency brake button release temporarily sticks
- Warning flashers (4 way flasher switch replace)
- Engine fan shroud (missing)
- Radio is not hooked up, no speakers installed
- Passenger seat belt needs installed
- Will need new tires (tires are 10+ years old with 90% tread life, micro cracks in tread due to age)
- Will have mechanic report and recommend on all additional underside suspension "bushings" need replaced, as well as check differential / drive shaft
- Estimated mileage on the body itself is likely under 90k (I drove it as a teenager "gently", once to Chicago from Missouri and back with a girl I just met. Such are the strange, unwise follies of youth). The odometer was reset to zero when the new engine was installed no later than 2010.
The 1970 Opel GT turns 50 in 2020, and has has become an iconic, classic sports car that has a lot to offer in a small package. It was styled to look like a smaller version of the C3 Corvette and was engineered by Germans for healthy performance. The first prototype was introduced at the 1965 Frankfurt Auto Show and went into production from 1968 to 1973. Owned by GM, they came to the states and ended up in Buick dealership showrooms. 1973 marked the final year of production of the proper Opel GT (there was a resurgence in 2007, which was essentially an Opel-badged Saturn Sky). This is one of 11,380 cars produced. This Opel GT has a new stock crate engine with just over 2k miles and is ready for it's next GT enthusiast.