New Opel Boss Cures Euro-Depression With Hints At "A Proper Opel GT"

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Reuters reports that GM Europe President Nick Reilly is retiring just as his successor predicts a slowdown the European auto market in the turmoil of the Euro crisis. Replacing Reilly is Opel’s CEO, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, who just last week told Automotive News [sub]

We expect that the automobile market in Europe will experience a painful cooling, and we expect a significant shrinking of the market.

And as if slow sales projections weren’t bad enough, Opel also faces a tough union boss in Klaus Franz, who is pushing for ever more production or not just Opels but Chevies as well, in the Euro zone according to AN [sub]. But despite the challenges facing Stracke, he’s still got a song in his heart… in the tune of GT. Though GM has no lightweight rear-drive platform to draw on, and in spite of all the gathering storm clouds, Stracke tells Auto Motor und Sport that

I can well imagine a car like the Manta, but with new technology and a new design. I could also very well imagine a proper Opel GT which recalls our classic model of 1968.

Ludicrous teasing? Possibly. An understandable escape from the depressing reality of mid-debt-crisis Europe? Definitely. I mean, what would you rather imagine, a cascading collapse of confidence in sovereign debt, or the scenario depicted above? Yeah, that’s what we thought…

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  • Slow kills Slow kills on Nov 08, 2011

    Hot looks, tight cabin with decent gauges, light as hell and rear wheel drive with a stick shift at a low price point and I'm there. I don't even mind if the engine is faithfully anemic. I'm not really using my trunk anyway, but a glove box door would be a nice addition.

    • Slow kills Slow kills on Nov 08, 2011

      Oh yeah, I'll probably take their Manta homage first, as I really would prefer something that plays down the sportiness. Again, lightweight with a stick shift. No heavy beasts like the Hyundai Genesis coupe!

  • Yeah_right Yeah_right on Nov 08, 2011

    Ed, you have the most amazing library of car ads, or you've got some seriously mad Google skills. Nothing says '70's like a pair of plaid Speedos.

  • Advo Advo on Nov 10, 2011

    The new Opal GT: what women who want to pick up guys drive. Hey, it could be marketed in the way opposite to the original ad. Times have changed.

  • Thom71gt Thom71gt on Mar 28, 2013

    I've still got one of these. Had it since 1971. Im about to dump 40 - 50 grand in one to do a resto-mod. It will be modern and fast as crap.