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Originally sold to an Italian Opel Dealership, this car sat in the back of the dealership whilst GM Euro Sport used the workshop during the ’82 Rally (a season that would lead to Walter Rohl winning the WRC whilst driving the Ascona 400.) The car was purchased by Tony Fall (ex Mini works driver and Director of Opel Motorsport) and was used by him as personal transport whilst working in Germany.
On returning to the UK, Fall created Opel Classics, operating out of Tonge Park (home of UK Dealer Opel Team) and along with other UK GM specialists; Tom May (Director of Irmscher UK) and Steve Thompson (Opel specialist dealer – Steve Thompson Cars Ltd). The primary objective of Opel Classics was to maintain the classic Opel competition cars but as an aside Opel Classics commenced a new venture in making ‘as new’ Opel GT’s.
Fall offered his own car and sourced another from California, these were to be the only two Opel Classic GT’s produced. The two cars were built to different specifications, Falls own GT being of the higher spec. The other GT, a lower specification car finished in metallic blue was sadly destroyed in the mid-90’s and therefore Fall’s own GT, of higher specification is the only surviving Opel Classics GT.
In creating the Opel Classics GT the team utilised their many contacts in the automotive industry and as such the original build of HUM 138G was as follows:
Shell - Originally finished in Gold the car was completely stripped and then taken back to bare metal before being coated with underbody protection and then painted in stunning Ferrari Rosso.. At this time all rubber seals for windows doors etc were replaced with genuine Opel NOS items.
Axle / Suspension - Front suspension completely stripped down and items powder coated. Rubber bushes replaced with either original rubber items or uprated to Polyurethane. The rear axle was also stripped and rebuilt with new bearings and seals. In addition a ZF Limited Slip Differential, 40% slip, was fitted along with Irmscher supplied 3.67 CWP for improved acceleration. The suspension was also fully reworked by Harvey-Bailey Engineerig Design, a company involved in motor sport development. This work involved new front/rear shock absorbers, uprated rear suspension and re-tempered front spring and the car lowered by 1" with improved road handling.
Electrics – All electrical equipment replaced, ie Starter motor, alternation, wiper motor etc. New wiring loom fitted with modifications for electric ariel and fuel injection system upgrade. New lights and housings fitted as necessary.
Brakes – New servo and master cylinder along with new brake pipes, rear shoes and brake cylinders. Front brakes rebuilt with Irmscher brake upgrade items, including fluted hubs, ventilated discs and uprated callipers.
Interior – Bespoke re-trim with Seats, Dashboard trimmed in leather with matching doors and interior panels. Inertia front seat-belts retro fitted. New carpets and stereo system installed.
Engine/Gearbox/Exhaust – Originally fitted with reconditioned 1.9 CIH engine with Bosch fuel injection and Getrag 240 gearbox, with modified linkage and propshaft. Standard Opel GT exhaust system fitted.
On completion the GT was featured in Classis and Sportscar magazine and subsequently in Brooklands Books; “Opel GT Gold Portfolio” and the 2007 publication “Opel GT Ultimate Portfolio”.
Purchased by myself in 2003 the car has been used sparingly, highlights being a trip to Le Mans in 2005 and annually to the VBOA International Show where the car has been awarded Best in Show. In 2005 the original 1.9 CIH engine was replaced with a fully rebuilt and uprated engine, comprising the following specification:
Lightweight 2.4 competition crankshaft.
Mahle flat-top pistons with enlarged valve cut-outs.
6 Bolt clutch.
Electric Fan fitted with 71deg C thermostate
Modified 3.0litre inlet plenum utilising a larger throttle body.
Emerald M3DK ECU with the engine being mapped by Dave Walker at Emerald.
As a result of these upgrades the engine now produces 184bhp @ 5888rpm and 178lb/ft @ 4850rpm. The rev limiter is set at 6800rpm.
Since her original Opel Classics build and whilst in my ownership I have always aimed to maintain the GT as befitting to her heritage, the following being just a small example:
2006 - A stunning set of rebuilt BBS RM 2 piece alloys fitted, fronts 8*15, rears 9*15.
2009 - New Stainless steel kick strips fitted, NOS rear light housings/lens, bespoke new carpet set with over mats, new front/rear and 1/4 screen rubbers replaced.2010 – All chrome-work re-newed.
It has been an absolute privilege to own this Opel GT and she is without doubt one of the best Opel GT's currently available worldwide. She comes with a truely unique history and specification and represents an ideal opportunity for a classic enthusiast looking for the ultimate car within it's Marque.