Good morning to all. I am an new forum member--thought it would be helpful to join and reap the benefit of this Opel brain-trust--I'm about to purchase a 1972 Opel Gt from a guy who says he bought it five years ago for $1800 and has put $2400 into it. Drove it yesterday with my favorite mechanic on board. The "work" that needs to be done to it is simple and does not involve huge cash outlays for parts (thats a good thing). Interior needs some work (rips in upholstery--cosmetic).
I have owned a '71 (new) and '73 in the late 70's and have dreamed of being in one again before I'm too old to push the clutch all the way in!
Speaking of that, I had forgotten just how mechanical the car is and realized how soft we've gotten with our hydraulic and "power" everythings on newer cars. Driving that car reminded me of how I loved to really DRIVE a machine down the road instead of it driving me. I drive a 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS rally car and have been described as driving "like a teenage boy". I am a female and could really use the insights of you members out there. I used to do the work on my other Opels, years ago, but that was years ago.....I'm out of practice, there's no doubt about it, plus a few years older.....
Sooooo, I am on the edge of making an offer. He is asking $3800 and says "he doesn't really need to sell the car but his wife got a DUI and his insurance has gone up dramatically and he would like to reclaim the space in the garage it occupies. You might see an Opel once a year in these parts if that so the "for sale" ad in the paper was a sight to behold. I doubted my dream would ever come true based on where I live. (North, north , north) The car is driven only in the summer as we live where salt is used on the roads 7 months of the year. He has parts to throw in--has owned 4 previous Opels--including an automatic tranny with console and shifter and original wheel covers (has BMW covers on car) and a variety of other parts which sound good for selling to cover any immediate maintainance expense this vehicle may incur. My mechanic says it is in good shape and the owner has done a lot of the replacement work on it. Oh, and the body is in good shape, does not need a paint job for a few years yet and there are no dents. The lights flip nicely with no sticking and the carb could use a good "clean out" on the highway.
I would appreciate any insights you might have--I have 5 days in which to make up my mind. I am aware that this car would be for the simple pursuit of pleasure only--I don't NEED it and I certainly don't need to invest in a money pit. It looks like this vehicle is past the "money pit" stage and lives in the "pretty darn good"-get in it and drive stage. It would be my summer car driving to and fro--no long trips. I live on a lake out in the woods so it is a 20 minute pleasant drive to town/work dodging deer, etc. From a female perspective, I am trying to get over the "it would be pure selfishness to buy this thing"/"you don't need it" atitude and trying to embrace the "I've worked hard all my life and at 53, I deserve a treat" attitude. My biggest fear is that I will end up regretting the purchase if it takes me down the "it needs to be fixed again" road.
Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Please advise. Perhaps some of you have gone thru the same angst of "to buy or not to buy--that is the question".
Lempi (obviously not my real name!)