I ran across the show by accident. It was too cool! I was thinking the same thing.....those cars looked like they were lots of work to drive. They sure sounded good, though. Anyone know what V8 engine that was?
Small block Chevy, since Vauxhaul is corporate GM. Opel used to install 283's and 327's in various passenger cars in Germany (the standard 190 hp and 230 hp 'gross' hp rated versions, nothing hotter). Unfortunately, the cars were the larger, heavier cars (Diplomat for example) and the cars were not particularly fast, although they were *great* cruisers. Interestingly too, Opel used the 283 and 327 from 1968 until 1975 or so, even though Chevy stopped using those sizes in ?68? or thereabouts, and went with the 350, 307, and 400 engines. Maybe Opel got the leftover 'surplus' engines?
Still, it would be cool to get a set of those 'Opel' V8 valve covers for a SB Chevy over here!
'No, I'm not putting a Chevy V8 into any of my Opels'
I believe the car is a Vauxhaul 'droop-snoot' Firenza, albeit heavily modified. The production car was about 2 feet narrower! Similar to the IMSA Monza'a with the massive flares. You can barely see the parent car beneath the spoilers!
Did you notice the yellow Opel Ascona rally car driven by Tony Pond at the Manx rallye? Typical Opel though, broke the rear axle.....