Opel 1900 GT (1970)
Price: US $3,500.00
Price: US $3,500.00
True Barn Find- this GT was parked by owner in 1982 in a barn on his family's farm and has sat there ever since. Yes, there are mice nests behind the dash and probably in other areas as well. It originally was titled in Illinois and owner moved to Indiana and had an Indiana title done on the car. He went out of state and vehicle ended up at the family farm again and sat inside in a dry barn for 35 years. In the mid to late 1970's after a minor rear end accident the owner opted to customize the GT with Chevy Impala tail lights and to have the car painted from it's original Brilliant White to a Corvette Silver. Underside of the rear area shows no signs of damage (more pictures are available upon request).
Having been sitting for such a long time I changed the oil and filter and then removed the spark plugs and soaked each cylinder with Marvel Mystery Oil. Using a wrench on the crank pulley turned the engine over by hand and all the valves were opening and closing as they should. After 2 revolutions the engine would turn over easily by turning fan blade. I removed the distributor and used a drill to turn the oil pump for some time to get the oil up in the bearings and throughout the engine. I removed the radiator to keep any sludge that might be in there from going back into the engine and removed all the fuses (fuse block is the best I've ever seen on an unrestored car) to prevent any surprises from occuring once a battery was hooked up. Pulled the coil wire off and the engine cranked nicely. Replaced the distributor with a good used one, new rotor, distributor cap and installed new points and condenser. Replaced the coil with a good used one, put in new plugs and plug wires. Had the fuel pump out to remove the distributor and left that off as I'm sure it needs to be replaced (as does the water pump, alternator, regulator, brake system, clutch, fuel lines, gas tank cleaning etc).
Freed up the carb linkage, poured some gas down the carb and sprayed carb cleaner as engine cranked. Started right up and ran nicely (no knocks or odd noises) I can email you a short video of the start up. One key operates the ignition and same key operates the doors. No locking gas cap is on the car.
Took the seats out to remove the carpeting to see what we had as far as floor damage. There is surface rust under the car but the floors and rockers are real solid as the pictures show. Driver side front seat rail needs to be repaired or replaced as the bolts that hold the seat in front have nothing to bolt down into. Not rusted, just gaping holes in the seat rail holes where the welded nuts should be for the seat to bolt into. All other seat rails are fine. R inner rocker up under the kick vent has minor rust thru- about a nickel sized affected area. Rust on RFF as shown, minor rust in front of and behind right rear tire. Belly pan is solid even under the battery tray with no major issues. Glass looks to be all good (I only cleaned off small areas of front and rear glass) and door windows roll up and down. Have not even looked into headlight operation. That's for whomever redoes the car to go through. Headliner is in good shape with no
defects. Dash Pad is in great shape, door panels are nice, seats aren't perfect but certainly could be used as they are after cleaning and oiling. This is an awesome start for anyone looking to restore a GT as you'll be spending small money on mechanical items (and a new tail panel I would suspect- available from OGTS or Opels Unlimited) and Patch Panels in a few commonly replaced areas but not replacing floor pans or inner rocker panels etc.
I was going to part the car out (I already have a very nice GT and an Opel Manta so I have no use for another one to sit in my garage) but it is way too nice to be stripped down. I wish I could have found one like this many times in the past when I was looking for one to do and keep.
I have many more pictures available and will respond to questions that you might have. If you happen to live within 50 miles of Loves Park, IL. I will deliver it at no charge, otherwise can assist in helping your people pick it up. Obviously it is not road worthy at this time. Pay Pal deposit is required after sale and balance due and funds cleared before item is picked up. The title is clear, good, and in hand. Note- only the chrome Keystone wheels and spare that are in the car come with the vehicle.
|“True Barn Find- Parked in barn July 1982, 35 years ago.”|
|Number of Cylinders:||4||Model:||1900|
|Transmission:||4 Speed Manual||Trim:||GT|
|Body Type:||Coupe||Engine:||1.9 L|
|Warranty:||Sold as is and shown- 48 year old car||Drive Type:||Rear Wheel|
|Vehicle Title:||Clear||For Sale By:||Private Seller|