You lose your dreams, you lose your mind. (The Rolling Stones)
My eyes! My eyes! They burn!
1970 Rallye Orange GT, original condition, all documentation intact.
Sorry....Some things you can't un-see.
I have tried not to look, but have even considered forwarding those first GT / '69 Cad pics to a friend in Roanoke VA.
Have now decided to add to the Automotive Atrocitys. Only quick peek advised.
This was driven to a show in Scottsdale in March 2019.......NO OPELS were harmed in this production !
This showed up at Paul Tipton's "Opel's in my yard" a few times. In the U.S. almost all Opel's went thru the usual stages of ownership. New and cared for, then sold and possibly cared for before being handed down to the kids, and then on to the beater stage. In the 80's they could be had for very little. Eric Schmidt here locally has about 14 GTs and the bones of a few more, most of which he picked up in that time frame. I think he once told me he did not give more than $1500 for any of them. When they are that cheap people will play with them.
I can't say that I've seen a GT taken that far towards the hot rod look.
It's exactly like you said: When they're cheap(and not respected) people will do crazy fun stuff to them. I'm partially a product of that mind set because that's when I got into GT's: The early 80's when they weren't antiques or all that rare and were just another quirky, dirt cheap, euro-weenie-wagon. That has been the vibe about them, where I live, for almost the entire 40 years I've been driving them. Only in the past few years and only with my over the top car have my GT's ever gotten any respect where I live.
PS - Do you think the louvers on the rear body came from the hood? They curve a bit (right to left) but that may be the camera angle!
Last edited by slracer; 11-29-2019 at 02:35 PM.
If you make it through an entire day and learned nothing you weren't paying attention
The hood vents were used to cover the side rear lights. The thing behind the seats, appearing to cover a retracted convertible top, is the rear part of a GT roof flipped around the other way. There's doesn't appear to be much effort to do fine finishing, upholstery, etc., so I don't think it has a retracted full headroom top. At least not in the car. I think it's likely that he just has a tarp top that he can stretch out and snap to the rear and somewhere at the windshield, in case it gets caught out in the rain, like a boat tarp. It's kind of hard to make a convertible top for a GT, a lot of people give up trying. I've only seen a handful of American GT's with decent ones and maybe just a few more done in Europe. I do like the flipped around roof idea though. It looks like it would perform a flow through ventilation function if the car had a removable roof on it. As is, it provides a convenient way to hide where the former vertical sides of the rear window had been chopped off, thus saving on body putty.
Last edited by The Scifi Guy; 11-29-2019 at 07:53 PM.
Went back and found some photos from the rear. In talking to the owner, he for sure was having fun trying to find new ways to use what he had cut off the GT. He cut off the front end and added the necessary framing to handle the V8. Looking at it in person it was interesting to see how he had repurposed some of what he removed from the GT. At the time it was still a work in progress.
However, it is a one of a kind as is, just NOT my kind! ... ... But I do appreciate your "kind" warning!
PS - I would have thought BxxT-Kicking would have been more appropriate as it is the "rear" of the car! ...
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