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    SmileCanadian Opel Owners ! How Many?

    In a recent conversation with Gil Wesson (OGTS) the question of opels left in Canada came up. He gave me some numbers that suprised me . In Canada according to his customer data base there are approx. 250 customers many of whom own more than 1 vehicle. Myself being from Ontario, the next question was on a provincial level and the number was approx 75 customers which also suprised me as I have assumed that the numbers would be much lower not having seen an opel in the public realm for many years. For the size of our country the numbers aren't huge but we should all be proud to be keeping these little gems running and keeping their history alive. The next tim you put in an order ask Gil for the numbers in your province, they may suprise you!!
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    Hello from BC

    Hi, I live on Vancouver Island BC and I have two 71 GT's one for parts and the other is my daily driver.... Felix
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    Greetings from T.O.

    Toronto here, I know of atg least three other local GT owners. And one Manta FREAK!! (I mean that in the best way Rob!)
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    Happy New Year guys!!
    Mike, I openly admit my opelitis has gone from hobby level to mental illness!!!
    (Jeez, I crossed THAT line years ago!!)
    I guess our biggest problem in Canada is geography....we are in 1's and 2's all over the place...even here in Toronto we are spread out over the city.
    I know I will try to throw the Summer BBQ again this year, but with me working in Montreal I will have scheduling issues, so it won't be the week after Carlisle.
    But 75 of us in Ontario??....makes me think a lot of Opel owners here don't use the 'net (I know of one guy, Herb, who is in his 80's with 2 GT's, lives about 25 minutes from me, but has never touched a computer).
    I guess we will just have to keep plugging away with any contacts we meet, and ask Gil to include the GT.com info with any order he sends out...
    Ok, that's enough thoughts for the first day of the year....
    Rob.
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    i'm from ayr, ontario... a little town around the kitchener/waterlooish area, i've got a 69 gt i'm restoring, a 72 gt parts car and a 72 manta rallye that i'm trying to decide what to do with
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    Lets see, here in Calgary alone there is me (two Opels), John Warga, Trevor Poffenroth, Alex McLeod, Dana (don't know his last name), Darrell Marquardt, David Ragan, Hagan Hartwell and Stuart Biglands, all with GT's. That makes 10 Opels in Calgary that I know personally, and I have seen at least another three or four in the past few years that I couldn't catch up with. But let's look at it another way.

    There were 103,000 GT's made, and about 80,000 made it to North America. I believe I read that approximately 8,000 GT's were imported into Canada. Total numbers of Opels including Kadetts and Mantas were probably double that, but far fewer of those survive today than GT's.

    By the poll at
    https://www.opelgt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=417
    about 9% of the members on this site are Canadian (25 actually voted, which is pretty darn good for us politically apathetic Canadians!), so out of the 7808 current membership, 700 or so are likely Canucks. Probably half of those actually have Opels, so say 350.

    Estimates are that 20% of all GT's built are still "alive", in some fashion or another. So I might guess that there are 1600 or so Canadian GT's around (most in back yards and garages), and maybe half as many Kadetts and Manta's. And half of those live in Scarborough Ontario, at Rob's place!
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    Comox Valley

    I also know of at lease two more good looking GT's here in Comox Valley, which as a population of around 20K.
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    Talking

    Well there is one less '71 GT in Ontario, since I have moved to the East Coast, good ole Halifax. Since I have left my good neigbour Graham, I have to look for another Opeler here in the Halifax area. I am trying to track down the name of the Opeler in St John, NB, which I have seen pics of the GT that is being refurbished. With any luck I will get him/her signed on.

    I think Rionarts comment is right on the button about people that are not connected to the "net" or just unaware that this site exists. There are more Opels out there then we think!
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    New Brunswick Opeler

    Well I was in contact with our Opeler in in New Brunswick (Jerry) and found out that he is already registered on this site, 7128gt and he has pics of his hot machine posted in his garage.
    Jerry, are they the most recent pics you have or have you finally completed your machine?
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    Canadian Opel

    Hi John and yes these are the most recent pics, were just in the middle of
    wiring and interior. Probley about a month before an update.
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    I live in the small town of Harrow Ontario outside of Windsor. I have 3 GT's; a '70, '71 and a '72. Down here in Essex County there are around the figure of at least 20 GT's running or not. Unfortunately, I have to put my '72 up for sale because I bought a house and renovations took a big gouge out of my budget.
    The car is retro red with black interior. 1.9 4spd with a just recently rebuilt head with a street cam. Weber Carb, gold spoked mags, new exhaust, recovered seats and the paint job was done in October 2004. Since then the car hasn't been driven no more than a total of 2 months.
    I'm asking $9000 for it. It will go through an appraisal soon for insurance purposes.
    If anyone is interested, my E-mail is [email protected] or call me at 519-738-0246 or 519-919-1843.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fsrowsell
    Hi, I live on Vancouver Island BC
    We need more Opel's in BC:banghead:


    (plus I still haven't found myself a GT yet )
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    Hi GT Style, where abouts in BC do you live?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fsrowsell
    Hi GT Style, where abouts in BC do you live?
    Tumbler Ridge, it's in north-eastern BC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by - GT Style -
    Tumbler Ridge, it's in north-eastern BC.
    A year or two back, there was a GT for sale in FSJ (Fort St. John) B.C. but he ended up keeping it. I had his number but seem to have lost it. Ever run across him?
    Keith Wilford
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwilford
    A year or two back, there was a GT for sale in FSJ (Fort St. John) B.C. but he ended up keeping it. I had his number but seem to have lost it. Ever run across him?
    Haven't run into him, but if you find his #/info please tell me.

    Know of any other's anywhere nearby? Either owners or cars for sale.
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    I'm on Vancouver Is as well . Shawnigan lk to be presise. 1971 gt blue in pretty good shape.5 speed & 2.0 rebuild. Only seen 1 red GT running in Victoria .so far. Dale Doebert
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    New owner of his first Opel GT in Northern Alberta

    Just started restoring a 71 GT in Wembley Alberta,(23km West of Grande Prairie). Wish me luck! eh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjwf48 View Post
    Just started restoring a 71 GT in Wembley Alberta,(23km West of Grande Prairie). Wish me luck! eh.
    Good luck, eh!
    Keith Wilford
    Finishing up a bare-metal, nut & bolt rotisserie restoration of my '71 Opel GT
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