1997 Bitter 3.9 SC
(Featured on 27th May 2013)
Registration: B7 TTR
Sellers original description:
Bitter 3.9 SC.
Ultra rare car and last model to leave the factory!
Only 23,000 miles and 2 previous owners from new.
This is probably the best example, a RHD model. I have only seen one other on UK roads in last 15 years! A total of 450 SC's were built between 1981 and 1985, including 21 cabriolets and 5 saloons. There were approximately 30 RHD models that were built for the UK of which 10 are thought to be driveable and few in this condition! Very high spec for its day and ridiculously expensive when new £39,000 - this was more than a Ferrari 308 (£30,000) or Lamborghini Jalpa (£32,500).
The majority of Bitter's had coachwork hand assembled by Steyr Daimler Puch at Graz in Austria (same place as Mercedes G-wagen) with beautiful napper leather interior in Turin (same company that did interiors for Maserati etc).
This car is chassis number 351 and the last vehicle built by Bitter in Germany. Originally laid down just before production ceased in 1985, the car remained in an incomplete state until Mr John Lewis of Bristol agreed to purchase it in 1991. The contract was subsequently cancelled and further work on the car ceases. Eventually it was completed in January 1997 and registered to the Bitter factory. It was purchased in July 1997 and brought to the UK by its first owner. According to a late member of the Bitter owners club, Erich Bitter initially drove the car and intended to keep it.
The Bitter has been to various classic car events including a faultless drive to the Le Mans classic in 2010 and has been displayed in the Bitter Owners Club stand in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
The car comes with a box full of history and owners club material including original Bitter owners manual, Bitter sales brochure, Bitter club paperwork and magazines, old MoTs (no advisories) etc.
Private plate included.