1978 Opel Kadett GTE C Coupe
(Featured on 10th July 2013)
Registration: RKT 547S
Sellers original description:
What you see in the photo's is the result of an intensive rebuild /restoration that has been carried out to a high professional standard, This is the second GTE I have recreated over the years it is finished in the correct original colours and is indistinguishable from a factory produced example apart from being RHD , I dislike the words Replica and Evocation As far as I am concerned this is a Kadett GTE carefully assembled by myself an Opel enthusiast and restorer for 40 years ,It not only looks the part but in my opinion drives better, smoother, quieter and more user friendly with the Gertag 5 speed gearbox, and yes I have driven Factory produced examples!. Only a handful were ever RHD these were converted by Tony Fall Developments in the 70's, So a very rare car in this form.
I acquired this car as a wonderfully solid rolling shell that started life as a 1200 cc coupe around the time the yellow and black car pictured was completed. The donor car for the engine gearbox and brakes was a 60000 mile 86 Manta GTE and was informed that a 2.2 cylinder head has been fitted to improve performance , new clutch , the axle/diff from a A series Manta 1.9 SR and is tight and quiet, rear drums and linings are new as are, discs and pads with all new brake and fuel lines, suspension, full instrumentation, front and rear spoilers, GTE anti roll bars were sourced in Germany Super classic ATS alloys are fitted and shod with Bridgestone tyres.
The car has desirable upgrades, a sporty black headlining, Period sports seats in black leather, I also opted to use Chevette door cards as they are full depth of the door and have great door pockets, an excellent 4 speaker radio cd is fitted, the car passed its MOT with no advisories only complimentary comments, an engineer’s report was also written at the same time.
So a stunning rare car that is ready to use and enjoy, and will be very popular at the VBOC show at Billing this year, people take photographs of it whenever I take it out.