1972 Opel GT news, pictures, specifications, and information
The Opel GT, initially intended as a show-car only, receive overwhelming public acclaim following the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show debut that it spurred its series-production, which eventually commenced in 1968. The Opel GT was designed by GM designer Clare MacKichan, who had previously been responsible for the styling of the 1955 Chevrolet line-up. The Open GT was given a pointed nose, a short rear deck with an aero-efficient Kamm tail, blade-type bumpers, and a fastback coupe bodystyle. The running gear and chassis were sourced from Opel's Kadett GT, including the transverse-leaf front suspension, disc brakes in the front, and drum brakes at the rear. It also had a worm-and-roller steering gear, and a live rear axle with coil springs, radius arms, and a Panhard bar. Power was from either an overhead-valve 1.1-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 60 horsepower, or an overhead-cam 1.9-liter 'four' sourced from the Opel Manta coupe.
This was actually a coachbuilt vehicle, with Opel supplying Kadett floorpans to French body builder Brissoneau et Lotz, where the bodywork was fitted.
Even though the Opel GT had a small outer appearance, it offered a roomy and functional interior. In similar fashion to the Corvette, the GT had no external trunk opening, necessitating the loading up luggage to a compartment behind the seats and concealed by a small curtain.
As the product of a GM subsidiary, the Opel GT was imported to America. Even though the Opel GT had a loyal and devoted following, production was relatively brief, continuing through 1972 when the Kadett was discontinued.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2016
Production of the Opel GT began in 1968 and continued until 1973 with a total of 103,463 examples being produced. The first few hundred examples created were hand-assembled. The standard engine was the 1.1-liter OHV four-cylinder engine that produced 67 horsepower (SAE). An optional 1.9-liter engine was offered and was the choice of most buyers. Horsepower with this option rose to just over 100 (SAE). The standard gearbox was a four-speed gearbox but a three-speed unit was available with the 1.9-liter engine. The engine was mounted in the front and sent power to the rear wheels. The chassis was constructed of a steel unibody construction. The front suspension was a double A-arms and transverse leaf springs while the rear was comprised of coil springs and a live axle. Disc brakes could be found in the front and drums in the rear.
The design was very eye-catching; it bore resemblance to the Chevrolet Corvette which seemed fitting since it was styled by GM stylists such as Clare McKichan and Chuck Jordan.
In early 2006 a press release was issued that announced the revitalization of the GT name. The 2007 Opel GT was to be built atop of the GM Kappa platform, which is the platform used by the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2007
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