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RealRides of WNY #2499 ......................... 1971 Opel GT

February 11, 2023

RealRides of WNY #2499 ......................... 1971 Opel GT

– Back in the day some called it the Poor Man’s Corvette. I was not one of them. I saw it more as a regular man’s choice for a small car which was more fun than many other small cars. Yeah, if you squint, from a couple of blocks away (at night) you might mistake it for a Corvette. Or maybe not. One of its advertising slogans overseas was “Nur fliegen ist schooner.” (Only flying is more beautiful.) This was borne out in some of the GT’s exploits on the world road rally circuit (where you didn’t see many 1970s-era Corvettes, I’m pretty sure). The Opel GT is a pretty nifty little package: lightweight, handsome shape, relatively affordable at the time (around $3,400 US). For comparison sake, a new ’71 Corvette coupe listed around $5,500, while a new MGB-GT (a more likely competitor) was around $3,500. Today’s RealRide was spotted at the Quaker Days Car Show back in 2018.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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