The ZF LSD and ZF gearbox was not on the dealer option list when the cars were new. If you knew the part numbers, yes, you could have the dealer order them special, import them, and install them (or not). The ZF 5-speed was also late to the game, I believe it came out in ‘72 in Europe. It was also extremely expensive, even back then!
They didn't come with a back seat either. I went for the Manta. So back when I had the chance to buy a new 73 GT, probably with many color options, I was drawn away. By that time, word was out that the Manta handled better anyway.
I recall from my days in the Buick dealership that there was not much option ordering when it came to the Opel line. If someone wanted an Opel, they had the pick of what the dealer had on his lot, although the dealer might have been willing to see what other dealers had if someone wanted something special. But basically, the dealer received what the factory sent. Want a certain color? Better hope your dealer had one on his lot. Other than the dealer-installed air conditioning, the cars came either with the heated rear glass or not. Most of the GTs I saw from 1969-71 came over with the four-speed manual, very few that I recall came with automatic transmission.
A detail that always bugged me, was the interior door handles on the GT. Doesn't matter what GT you got, same basic 1967 Rekord door handle on all of them. The Rekord L (Luxus) had the same plastic chrome strip found on the door panel also in the groove of the door handle. I think the GT/AL should have come with this added plastic chrome on the door handle. The GT/A and GT/J would not have it. But, I haven't seen a GT interior with this so maybe it looked bad?
Back then, as I recall, black was a brutal color to repair, discouraging manufacturers from offering it. This was so even as recently as the 1990s. I once had a 1993 black-on-black BMW 535 that found its way into the hands of a thief who did some damage to the car before abandoning it. The factory-trained repair shop that did only BMW work described for me his difficulty, in that, for that year, BMW had something life five different shades of black, all classified under one paint code. A real issue as well, going back to the 1950s and '60s, was that cars using enamel paint suffered from fade over time, so that repairs to a fender or door would stand out like the proverbial sore thumb unless the entire car was re-sprayed. One of the advantages General Motors touted was that their cars came from the factory with lacquer finish that did not fade, so that repair paint on a fender or door or other part could easily be feathered in without spraying the entire car. This did not apply to the Opel lineup that generally came in enamel, as did Ford products.
When you said 'brutal', my first thought was you were going to talk about having a black car without a/c and most likely a black interior.
I left enough skin on the black vinyl of my old white GT!
Matching faded or patinaed paint has always been a 'black' art!
My parents had 66 Thunderbird painted years ago and they painter used urethane, I think, but did a top coat of lacquer for ease of touch up it ever needed it.
Don't know where to put this other than perhaps Miscellaneous Electric, but the boy wanted tunes and so I purchased a radio from Retro Manufacturing to replace the broken unit that came with the car. I kept the speakers. Anyone thinking of buying a radio may find the information on this...
I was wondering and I don’t know if this has been discussed before. What are the best things on or in a GT from specific production years? Best is subjective but let’s consider best to be generally desirable.
71-73 GT’s have the pop out quarter windows.
68-69 GT’s had flat...
I am planing on getting a lift for my garage
I am looking for advice and or words of wisdom on garage car lifts
the only thing I can faintly remember was my low to the ground GT had a hard time with lift
at the base auto hobby shop
is there such a thing as a low profile lift set-up...
I tried searching and really haven't found what I am looking for I don't know much about rangers I am just helping a buddy out.
I was wondering if the manual tranny in 1999 will hold up if not what should he use? What t-case?
We have a 14bolt rear we are going to put under it with 63" chevy...