The 24 Hours Of LeMons Texas Gator-O-Rama Über Gallery: The Europeans

As always, there was no shortage of BMW E30s at the last LeMons race, but we also saw representatives of British Leyland, German subsidiaries of the Detroit Big Three, and a whole squadron of Saabs. » 3/22/09 9:00pm 3/22/09 9:00pm

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday, San Francisco Edition: 1971 Opel GT


This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out street-parked vehicles in places besides the Island That Rust Forgot. Today we're going to look at some San Francisco cars and trucks. » 2/15/09 8:00am 2/15/09 8:00am

Opel GT Boasts V6 Power, Plans To Make MGB-GT Eat Its Dust At 24 Hours …

We were quite happy to hear that we'd be seeing the legendary Opel GT-versus-MGB-GT rivalry played out at the 24 Hours Of LeMons Gator-O-Rama later this month. Now the Opel-MG arms race is heating up! » 2/14/09 12:00pm 2/14/09 12:00pm

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: Opel GT Batmobile For $9000?

An astonishing 93% of you felt that paying $200,000 for an '81 Buick Regal with the Gale Banks prototype turbo V6 » 11/10/08 8:00am 11/10/08 8:00am would require a trip to Booth Number Two for the crack pipe. Today's contestant sold for far less, and we could see how driving it would be pretty damn fun… but nine grand? That's how much the winning…

Opel GT: No Room For Your Strudel-Fed Butt, Old Man!

Opel's German marketers apparently figured that the German target market for the GT had to be skinny Teutonic Manson Family followers » 11/03/08 3:00pm 11/03/08 3:00pm, so it made sense to show how fat, well-heeled, vaguely perved-out old car geeks would be kept away from the GT by its sporty small size. Here we see a grizzled Stalingrad survivor,…

Opel GT: Choice Of Screaming German Hippies!

Not speaking German, we're probably more frightened by this ad that might be warranted. Perhaps the target market of the Opel GT wasn't really German-style Manson Families looking for some quick, sporty wheels with which to hunt victims in preparation for the final days of Hëltër Schkëltër. Maybe it was all about good,… » 7/08/08 11:00am 7/08/08 11:00am

Junkyard Find: Opel GT

Seems every time I go to a certain East Oakland self-service junkyard, I find something old and unusual on its way to steelyard reincarnation. Last time it was the 1969 Jaguar XJ-6; now it's a very-well-picked-over 1973 Opel GT. These things were never plentiful in North America, and I don't think I've seen one on the… » 2/05/08 10:00am 2/05/08 10:00am

How About a Brand New Opel GT?

No, not this brand-new Opel GT- we're talking about the real deal here: a genuine original 1973 Opel GT with 106 miles on the clock, window sticker still in place, the works. 25 grand and it's yours! Of course, you might want to consider the V8 option for it! Thanks to MeHugTree for the tip. [Craigslist Atlanta; go » 12/03/07 11:30am 12/03/07 11:30am

Project Car Hell: Four Opel GTs or Two Fiat 600s?

We had quite the excitement yesterday, what with the virtual tie between the '81 Lancia Zagato and the '74 AMC Javelin in the polling (the Javelin wins by a nose). Now that we've breached the $2000 Project Car Hell price barrier, we might as well do away with the requirement that a Hell Project needs to be a single car » 8/03/07 5:15pm 8/03/07 5:15pm

V8 Opel GT: For The Manta Man Who Has Everything

We all know the Manta was the German counterpart to the Camaro, complete with all the F-body's associated sociocultural , er, attributes, but what about the German Corvette counterpart? We're talking about the original Opel GT, of course, and what better car for the upwardly-mobile bemulleted V8 Manta driver to add to… » 6/12/07 10:30am 6/12/07 10:30am

Opel GT Menagerie: Caminos and More

With Opel relaunching the GT as a roadster based on the Saturn Sky (which would make it not quite a GT car, am I right?), we thought it might be fun to look back at the original "mini Corvette" Opel GT. Then we reconsidered. What would be fun would be to see what some Opel GT buyers have done with their cars over the… » 1/30/07 1:33pm 1/30/07 1:33pm

French Auto Journalist Killed During Opel GT Press Drive

It could have been any of us hacks, behind the wheel of an unfamiliar car on a picturesque but potentially treacherous road, possibly poking at the limits of adhesion so we might return a colorful review that conveys the experience poignantly. But it was French automotive journalist Michel Barelli who was killed this… » 1/29/07 4:03pm 1/29/07 4:03pm

The Red Badge Engineering of Courage: The Opel GT

More cowbell! GM's Opel outfit released details and visuals on the Saturn Sky variant that will revive the Opel GT badge. Like the Sky Red Line, the GT will get GM's turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection four, producing 264 hp — good for a zero-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. It's been given the … » 1/25/07 11:09am 1/25/07 11:09am