Set your own Rekords in this Shift-it-Yourself Opel

With some funds, any European auto fan can score a 1980s BMW, Mercedes or even Audi; but this Opel Rekord will stand out in any American crowd today.

This is the 2.2i version, which came with the most sporting engine available, and this also has the Irmscher sport package, which consists of mostly cosmetic goodies.  The seller claims a number of mechanical upgrades vs. a non-Irmscher; but it seems some came on all of the 2.2i models.

Miles are either 51K or 151K and condition appears to be original and very good.  We love the manual trans and the sporty Recaro seats, as well as the mostly plain-Jane sedan wrapper.

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Iron River, MI, USA
$5,000 with ZERO bids, reserve not met and six days to go

This is the best exterior image provided.  For some reason, there are no shots of the front.

Rear has a certain “American-owned European” look, which reminds us somewhat of the XR4Ti/Sierra and maybe the Scorpio.

What car would be complete without a decal on the fender?  Also, Ronal wheels are labeled Irmscher for good measure.

Cloth-covered Recaros.  It officially does not get better than this – short of harnesses.

Simple, analog gauges look purposeful and sufficiently European.  Note reliable, manual windows, manual shifter and, perhaps most importantly, six cassette storage slots!  Those were the shi!t back in the day.

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European VIN No.:  WOL000016F1252397. This is a 1986 Opel “Rekord Sport”, a limited edition of only 500 built by the Opel tuning company “Irmscher”.  “Irmscher” is for Opel what “AMG” is for Mercedes Benz.  Opel has been owned by General Motors for a long time and there is a lot of product- and engineering sharing going on.
The engine is a 2,2 Liter 4 Cylinder with mechanical fuel injection rated at 130 HP (SAE), top speed 120 MPH, weight 1165 kg (~2600 lbs.), 5 speed manual transmission.
The modifications by “Irmscher” to the standard Opel Rekord “GL” model are:
1. increased engine capacity from 2 Liters to 2.2 Liters
2. lowered suspension and increased track width – live rear axle w. trailing arms, “Monroe” gas shocks and separate coil springs,  rear drum brakes,  independent front suspension w. disk brakes
3. tuned exhaust system with exhaust headers, 2″ exhaust piping and 3″ chrome end pipe
4. front and rear spoilers and aero all around package
5. 4 spoke leather steering wheel 15″ diameter
6. “Recaro” sports seats upholstered in tweed fabric
7.  full instrumentation including tachometer, oel/pressure- and volt meter
8.  opening dark tinted glass sunroof by “Augros”
9.  AM/FM, cass. deck stereo w. multiple speakers
10. aluminum wheels by “Ronal” especially made for “Irmscher”
This car is all original, it was never fully repainted and was never in an accident.  The 5 digit odometer shows 51600 km, but I have to assume that the total km are 151600.
This Spring, the car was inspected and some fuel lines and water hoses were replaced.  A new battery, new ignition cables and a new set of  performance radial tires in the size of  215/60X15 were installed.  Opel owners manual, original “Irmscher” sales brochure and price list as well as US import document papers come with the car.  The vehicle was imported into the US by the seller in 2012 and it has a clear Michigan title.
This is a very responsive and sporty car and it gets 30 – 35 MPG!

Forbidden Fruit: 1973 Opel Commodore GT/E

The Opel Commodore was an executive sedan which was never sold in the US. We don’t know how this one found its way to the high desert of California; but we do know it’s the most desirable variant: a two-door GT/E with a four-speed manual.

The GS/E was the top sport trim level and came with a 2.8-liter inline six with about 160HP.  For 1974, the engine was detuned a bit; so one could easily argue this is THE GRAIL!  Well, at least the Grail of period Opels.

Unfortunately, the ad for this car lacks any history and any information or pictures related to the interior.  Based on the whopping three images with the ad, this looks like a somewhat rough, but complete, project.

This is a really interesting, really rare car that will never be particularly collectible; so we hope just the right buyer comes along to get this back on the road.  Also, we’re tempted to call on this car just to see the seller’s collection.

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Perris, CA, USA
$6,500

Styling looks interesting for the period and condition looks solid.  If that was a vinyl top, it’s clearly peeling! We also see enough here to be jealous of the seller’s land and car collection!  Note the Opel GT right in front of this one…

Front has prominent GS/E badge and perfectly period driving lights.  Aside from that, it looks like this car’s front end previewed Buick styling that would arrive ten or more years later!

Rear reveals a massive, curved backlight and wide tail lights.  We see some clear Mercedes influence here.

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1973 Opel Commodore GT/E. very rare 6 cylinder. 4 speed manual. factory sunroof. gray market car. only one in the US. $6500. ask for Todd…

Why So Bitter, Senator?

Sure, this post has a weird title, but it’s because today’s feature is a particularly weird car.  I remember the Bitter SC from an exotic car book my dad had in the 80s.  Basically, it’s an Opel Senator with a custom body (which looks remarkably like a period Ferrari 400) and spruced-up interior.  This particular example also has a stroked version of the Opel inline six.

Bitter technically sold cars in the US – at Buick dealerships, no less – for a very short time; so some are actual US market cars and some are grey market.  These presented a strange proposition: Ferrari looks with a very luxurious interior and performance nowhere near Ferrari level.  Still, the modified Opel I6 in this version put out over 200HP at the time, which means this might have been reasonably competitive with a basic 6-Series at the time.

Today, as in the 80s, these are unique oddballs with nice styling.  So, if you want to be the only one at your local Cars and Coffee, a Bitter SC might be for you.  That being said, today’s feature car might need a lot of work.  There’s rust at the bottom of the windshield and at least one side window; so, at a minimum, the glass is coming out for metal work and paint.  The car also hasn’t been started in two years and didn’t idle well last time it ran.

Given its Opel roots, basic mechanical parts shouldn’t be hard to find in the scheme of things (though you might have to search outside the us), but most cosmetic parts and much of the interior are Bitter-specific and we must assume they’re not available.  Good news is the interior appears to be in good overall shape on this car.

So, with bidding at about $1,000, is this worth it to you?

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Spring, TX, USA (Houston area)
$1,001 with one bid, reserve not met and nine days to go

Here’s the almost-unmistakable profile.  Is it a Bitter or a Ferrari?

The front end has a mean look.

Almost menacing…

The seller didn’t – or couldn’t – even push the car out to get rear pics, so we get shots through a chain link fence.

Here’s a badge few will ever see.

We don’t know the Opel Senator interior well enough to know what’s unique here.  Do you?  Regardless, it’s a nice overall look.

Dash has sun damage.  That could be an issue.

We presume ivory gauges were unique to the Bitter.

Seats remind us of a Maserati Biturbo’s.

As always, the back seat is in great shape visually.  We wonder how brittle it might be.

Let’s have a look under the well-insulated hood.

Here’s the modified Opel inline six.  Supposedly, this put out about 200HP when new.

Have YOU ever seen the ID tag from a Bitter?

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YOU ARE VIEWING A VERY RARE 1985 BITTER 3.9SC COUPE – THERE WERE A TOTAL OF ONLY 461 CARS EVER BUILT!!!

I PURCHASED THIS VEHICLE 3 YEARS AGO IN HOPES OF RESTORING IT HOWEVER HAVE NOT HAD ANY TIME TO GIVE IT. WHEN I PURCHASED IT, IT WOULD START AND DRIVE BUT IT DOES NOT IDLE SMOOTH SINCE IT HAS NOT BEEN DRIVEN IN 10+ YEARS. I DID DRIVE IT AROUND THE BLOCK A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTED WELL. IN THE LAST 2 YEARS, IT HAS NOT EVEN BEEN STARTED.

THE BODY IS IN DECENT SHAPE, THE ONLY RUST I NOTICED IS ON THE LOWER EDGE OF THE WINDSHIELD ON BOTH SIDES AND ON BOTH QUARTER GLASS WINDOW EDGES (SEE PICS). THE INTERIOR HAS LOTS OF WEAR – PLEASE CAREFULLY LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES FOR DETAILS.

THIS VEHICLE IS BEING SOLD AS-IS WHERE-IS. YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME BY AND HAVE A LOOK AND I CAN HOOK UP A BATTERY BOOSTER AND ATTEMPT START IT UP FOR YOU.

Opel GT Mother Lode

Would you like an Opel GT?  How about ten of them?

Here we have an Opel GT hoarder, plain and simple.  Ten cars are for sale with a load of parts and no specific model years or specs given.  The seller claims they all roll and some run.  How many and which ones??  Apparently, one has a Toyota engine and automatic trans, but we don’t know which one.

If people really do buy lots like this, we’d love to simply observe the loading process.

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Rosamond, CA
$10,000
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10 Opel GT s and LOADS of parts. All but two are complete cars. Some run and all roll. One has a Toyota engine and auto trans. Stored in the Mojave Desert. Selling everything as a complete deal. IF YOU CAN READ THIS THE CARS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. NO I DO NOT WANT TO SELL ONE CAR.