• Apr 27, 2010
1969 Opel Aero GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

While attending a General Motors media event in Germany last evening, the automaker laid out several old Opels, including this particularly unique example of the GT sports coupe. While the mini-Corvette-styled GT is a rarity unto itself, the car you see here is one of only two ever built. The Aero GT was first shown at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show a year after the GT entered production.

The black roof is actually a removable targa top and the Aero also had an electrically retracting vertical rear window. For some reason, GM opted not to produce the Aero and only this example was mothballed for the last 40 years. The second car was apparently sold to a collector and its whereabouts are unknown.



Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I knew nothing about this car 5 minutes ago, and now I want one. Looking through classifieds, they're not too expensive. Due to the rarity though, I wonder how much it would cost to keep one maintained and running. Do they use common parts with any widely produced cars?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only parts commonality, for the vast majority of the car, is with other Opels. I think the transmission was used in some other small GM vehicles.

        That said, Opel GT Source has enough parts to practically rebuild the whole thing out of a catalog, and prices are really quite reasonable; the Opel GT market is quite small, but also doesn't support very high price points.

        Whatever you do, if you get a GT, please don't try and stuff a rotary or V8 into it - those swaps are rarely actually completed due to the work involved.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've been set on a 280z for quite some time. . . can get a decent specimen for under $5000. But if I had the money and came across one of these in good condition I might have to jump on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stunning.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having owned an Opel GT I'd guess that "some reason" is that the car is built like a beercan. I've got a C4 and I think they were nuts to build it as a targa. The chassis isn't stiff enough. The Opel GT would be lucky not to fold in half with the roof off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        iowncalculus: Do you have stairs in your house?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doesn't stop people from doing it, though.

        anoldbikeguy: The GT was basically a Kadett with a better-looking body...oh and if I remember correctly, the GT's panhard bar goes in opposite of how the Kadett's did for some reason.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Nissan should buy this car and use it to inspire / design a proper 'Z' car. Ditch the bulbous monstrosity that is the 370Z and get back to the drawing board.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's one, in this color exactly, which must belong to a worker at my local Wal-Mart. I see it all the time.

      It's a gorgeous car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In '73 I bought a new screaming yellow GT (last year made). Great little car and had a lot of fun with it - a real attention getter. It had a real heavy clutch that liked to grab all at once - never got that sorted out! Sold it in "78 - wish I had it back!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see an opel gt every day when I drop-off and pick-up my daughter from school. It just sit's in the garage looking pretty. The guy that has it never drives it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm, I saw an Opel GT with these black stripes down the side a few weeks ago here in Colorado Springs. Didn't pay much attention. The car was purple. Could you get those stripes on any GT, or were they just an Aero feature? I don't remember seeing any type on the stripes, but then again, I was pulling into traffic and wasn't paying a whole lot of attention.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what wonderful cars, i look forward to the dozen or so which turn up for the vara races during fleet week every year. there was even on on bring a trailer a while ago, fully race spec'd for not more than 10 grand... rrr... shoulda bought it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The mini Stingray was a cool ride!
        • 4 Years Ago
        a Vette that shrank and melted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My very first car was a yellow 1970 Opel GT handed down to me by my Mother way back in 1973. She bought it new from the local Buick dealer for $3500. Kept it 10 years and finally sold it in 1980. Yet another car I wish I still had...
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