that is the way to explain it. usually people have no clue on what the heck it is. I had to explain it to some guys at the autoparts stores when i was looking for parts, which didnt work.
"What in the hell is and O-pell?"
I told the guy the whole story and he still had no clue. A guy at a Buick dealership told me to dump the SOB, and another wanted to buy it off me for 750. Truth to the caviar signature. Love 'em or hate 'em.
I really don't let it bother me, because, if it makes them think enough to want to call it a "poor man's Vette", or "Baby Vette", or as I have on my prestige tag "Vett JR", that means they want one and I have one. That my friends is envy and jealousy
My personal peeve is the fiberglass references. This weekend at the gas station a @#%$& stumbled by and boomed at me "Is this thing 'glass too?"
"Nope, Carbon Fiber"
The image of the reaction on his face is one that will never leave my mind. Actually the only thing that pisses me off more than the 'glass questions is people telling me I should stuff a small block V8 in it. I would like to offer them a ride to show them it really doesn't need a V8, but I normally force myself to respond with "That's not my style".
Of course if the GT wasn't so unique and everybody knew what it was (a la '65 Mustang), then I wouldn't have bought it. So if the price I have to pay for originality is dumb questions from the unknowing, then I guess that is the burden that I have to bear... that we all have to bear...
Last Spring at our local classic car show, a man came over with his son and proceeded to tell him and me about back when he was in high school, he had a car just like mine. He proceeded to tell about out running the law and all the rubber it would leave and how GREAT the back area was for carring stuff.
So I asked him what year his Opel was? His reply was " Opel? I thought this was a Datsun"