Whats your opinion on 1970's Opel GT?

  • Hello everyone,


    As a teenager in high school, I'm looking for a good first car. I settled on a Opel GT after seeing a neighbor of mine had one sitting on his front lawn. The car itself is in OK/Good condition but defiantly has its fair share of battle scars.

    After a few conversations with the owner I found out what the make and model of it was, and the type of engine it was sporting.( 1969 Opel GT, 1.9 L, 102 Horsepower.) I also understand that these cars are a more rare item and are hard to come by in this good of condition without some sort of engine mods in place.

    I have enough money right now to buy it from the owner (I still have yet to speak to him about this) but he has told me in the past he would sell it to someone if they offered him $ 10,000. But after find out other prices on car i also would like to own i have grown hesitant.They cost more than I have. They're a 1969 Corvette Stingray in great condition and a 1967 Ford Mustang. The mustang cost the same as the Opel ,but its in bad shape and will need a lot of work done on it.

  • I absolutely love these cars but it would have to be in amazing condition for me to pay 10 grand. I was nearly compelled to buy a beat up one for 1500 bucks but I decided against it because I just didn't have space at the time. They are beautiful cars and very exotic looking by todays standards. They are very rare but not very hard to work on. There is a lot of room in the engine bay and with a good tune up and proper maintenance it could run reliably for the age. Body work can be tricky on these though because of the way the body was designed. Both motors offered on the car weren't very powerful so the cars are slow but do handle well. They also have the coolest headlights in the history of cars.

    10 grand though is a lot. I would try to talk the price down if I were you and pass if he won't budge. There are a lot of great classic cars you can get out there for cheap but it's best to have some money left over for repairs.

  • The elegant Opel GT coupe was introduced as a concept at the 1965 Frankfurt and Paris Motor Shows and widely hailed in Europe as a mini Corvette. Opel was GM’s European satellite, and the GT’s origins were definitely entangled with the redesigned 1968 C3 Corvette; both shared styling cues from the 1965 Mako Shark II.

  • The elegant Opel GT coupe was introduced as a concept at the 1965 Frankfurt and Paris Motor Shows and widely hailed in Europe as a mini Corvette. Opel was GM’s European satellite, and the GT’s origins were definitely entangled with the redesigned 1968 C3 Corvette; both shared styling cues from the 1965 Mako Shark II.

    Another post that is a couple years old, but since you drug it back to life, I too would be interested to know what the youngster decided to do.

    GT's are great cars, but the issue for anyone under the age of 25 will always be insurance costs (especially for males under the age of 25) and in most cases may run more than the actual car would and will cost during ownership AND if anything does happen, regular insurance wont pay squat and I guarantee Hagerty and other collector car insurance just plain WONT insure you for driving until your 25 years old (I know this to be fact as I have 2 old collector cars insured through them and they wont insure for my kids to drive them until they are/were 25). I would NEVER suggest ANY 2 door sports car for anyone under the age of 25, at least not for an actual commuter car. As a project for eventual use when they have some years under their belt as far as driving experience then yes, but definitely NOT a first car and or daily driver, could end up being his last and only car if he gets hit or wrecks, I should know I was almost killed in my GT back in 86 when and old guy decided his left turn was more important than my right of way, and that was only at about 35 mph.