Used Car of the Day: Opel GT Barn Find

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
used car of the day opel gt barn find

Have you ever wondered what is hidden in the barns you pass whenever you drive in a rural area? I have. I mean, OK, sure, most are probably just housing farm implements and random stuff. But sometimes you find an old European car. Or two.

Hey, beats a dead body.


Today's UCOTD comes to us from Coal Valley, Illinois (just outside the Quad Cities). There's not a lot of information here, but someone willing to dig into a project could do some research on these three Opels.

The original poster tells us one has a full body and another is a shell from the firewall back. He or she also goes into some detail about the cars' states of being (both need a fair bit of work, suffice it to say) and tells us the mileage appears to be low and the odometers not rolled back. Also, the owner is 85 and requests a "fair price".

Someone with both time and money on their hands could have a lot of fun with these.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Nov 16, 2022

    I agree with one of the forum posters that the grey one looks like a fiberglass shell. There were (rare) Opel GT funny car bodies. An Opel GT FC was featured on a couple of episodes of "Faster With Finnegan".

  • Northeaster Northeaster on Nov 16, 2022

    There was something to recommend the Opel GT / Mantas of the early/mid 1970s, at least in comparison to the other econojunk of the era.


    The wagon variant of these was the first car I ever drove completely flat out. Made at least 90 mph and actually felt controllable at that speed.


  • Beachy Asphalt only works to keep the dirt road below it dry, and it is the dry dirt that holds up the asphalt surface to make a smooth road surface. Once the asphalt cracks or a spring wells up and the dirt gets wet, all bets are off. It is usually due to a spring that perennial potholes form. They are very hard to get rid of.
  • JamesG I’m the owner of the featured car that’s currently on EBay. Thanks for such a nice write up on these cars. Mine happens to be in excellent condition and the photos don’t do it justice. The HT4100 isn’t as bad as some made them out to be and they can go 200k miles with proper maintenance. I also own a 79 w/the analog fuel injected 5.7 350 which should have been used through 1985 but ever-increasing CAFE regulations called for more economical power plants which made GM shelve this great motor.
  • Jeff S Adam on Rare Classic Cars recently bought a pristine 71 Kenosha Cadillac.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY-G2dExgXE&ab_channel=RareClassicCars%26AutomotiveHistory
  • Jeff S Wouldn't most of the large suvs in NYC be livery vehicles? If so that would be hurting those who make their living by driving for hire.
  • EBFlex Yes their mass transit is great if you want to be beat within an inch of your life or pushed onto the tracks by some random psycho.
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