My name is Jim and I just wanted to introduce myself to the club. Just this weekend, I realized a 20 year dream by purchasing a 1970 GT. My first car was a 1974 AMC Hornet which was given to me when I was 16, but the first car I ever bought with my own money was a 1973 Opel GT. I was 19 and I loved that car. I don't have to tell you about the appeal of the GT. However, as situations arose, I had to sell it a year and a half later. A year and a half or so after that, I bought another 73 GT. Both of these I had hoped to fix up (they didn't need "restoring" at the time, just basic fixing up) but it just wasn't to be as the secong GT's engine blew up and I couldn't get it fixed nor could I afford to have it moved, so I basically abandoned it in Virginia Beach (one of you out there got a hold of a great car, at least as far as the body was concerned). So for 20 years, since that first GT, I have pined away for the car of my youth.
Well, I have finally come to a stable point in my life where I own a house with a garage (that I purchased two years ago specifically with the owning of an Opel GT in mind), and where I have a new reliable Toyota Corolla as a primary vehicle, so I decided to get another GT. I drove to Augusta, GA. with my dad and drove back to Tallahassee, FL. with a yello 70 GT which I purchased for $1100. The guy I bought it from was the second owner who himself had the car for 24 years! The engine was rebuilt 27K ago and it runs like a dream. That 6 and a half hour drive was the most fun I had driving a car ever in my life. Just some 2 and 4 lane country roads with hardly any traffic on them, the weather being sunny and 81 degrees, the windows rolled down and the car humming along, heads turning to look at it all along the way. The car does have some trouble spots as corrosion goes (battery tray, belly pan, et. al.), but that will be part of the fun of restoring it.
Anyway, thanks for reading this and hope to get to discuss many things with you all as the occassion arises. Like I said, this has been a 20 year dream and I just wanted to share it with fellow Opellers. This is so great that this website even exists (we didn't have this 20 years ago) and that it provides all the resources it does. Keep up the excellent work. As you can see, I have been a member of this site for almost a year, waiting for the right car to come along. It finally did.