1972 Opel GT

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

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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....
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1972 GT
$3,340-$500,000

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Opel
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)29,067
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)10,483
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)655,877
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)578,264
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)888,762
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)888,762
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)846,587
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)698,622
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)665,754
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)539,099
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)448,531

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