Opel GT preview

Concept Cars 21 Jan 2006
Opel GT preview

Opel has revealed that an the next Geneva Motor Show it will present the riedition of its legendary GT. The new Opel GT will feature a design with sharpy lines, a turbocharged engine and rear wheel drive.

From the official Press Release:

1968 Opel GT

Opel GT cutaway

The original Opel GT (1968-1973)

The classic slogan “Nur Fliegen ist schöner” (“Only flying is more exciting”) went down in the history of advertising, and applied to a car which has become a classic itself, the Opel GT.

Now the Opel brand is reviving the legend with a new sports car that echoes the successful concept of its predecessor.

The new two-seat GT features an exciting design with sharply cut lines, rear-wheel drive and a potent four-cylinder turbo engine with gasoline direct injection.

The new roadster will celebrate its world premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The original GT

The career of the original GT began with a bolt out of the blue. When Opel presented a two-seat sports car at the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show it came as a complete surprise, especially as the GT was a total departure from the prevailing design trend in Europe at that time.

The curvacious lines were inspired by a new style of US-design, the so-called “coke-bottle shape”. The styling cues included a low front-end with pop-up headlights, pronounced rounded wheelarches, a narrow waist in the area of the doors, and even shapelier rear wheelarches ending in an abrupt tail-end.

Over 100,000 units were produced between 1968 and 1973, and the GT has since become a coveted collector’s item.

(Source: Opel)

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