So as some people may be aware, I have a list... It's a reasonably long list of cars which I'd like to own, some for nostalgia [having been driven around in as a child] and some because I think they look amazing. The Opel GT falls in the latter side of my list, the styling of it makes me drool and having bought this car to be able to at least say 'I've owned one' I have to say I'm instantly very fond of it...

The raughty little 1.9 inline-4 engine has been re-bored to a 2.0 in my car but I have to say I doubt the 1.9 engine would be any less fantastic in such and application. It sounds and looks like a much more expensive car which is always nice, especially when it's so good looking in it's own way and simple to maintain. The manual gearbox is certainly the one to have giving superb control, combined with the cars heavy steering but overall light body it's an extremely engaging thing to drive. The back end likes to kick out in a nice controlable manner, the exhaust note reverberates through the country-lanes like a true vintage racer it's a real package and I just can't get enough!

According to 'How Many Left' there are only 45 Opel GT cars on the UK roads currently which is nice and low for a production car. I like owning a rare car, but finding parts can be tricky. Even people who know about cars have stopped me to ask what It is... I get the feeling that although they seemingly were very well built, great fun to drive and look fantastic that these little GT were something of an underdog back in the day maybe being left behind at the dealers over choosing the much heavier Manta for example...

Overall it's a great fun little pocket sized classic, I fit in it just about perfectly but I think anyone over 6 foot would struggle a little. I've found a good source of parts with the Opel GT owners club and I hope to drive it to Europe next year... wish me luck!

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