"That’s it, go on, snigger. The Wankel rotary engine may have a crass-sounding name, but the cars it powered were anything but. With fewer moving parts than a traditional piston engine, the rotary was smoother, quieter, and – hurrah! – more "
Friday Car Crush #21: Opel GT/W ‘Geneve’
The original Opal GT was a quirky piece of design. When it was presented at the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show it was the manifestation of a real tangent for a European company.
There were low front-end with pop-up headlights, flared arches at the front, a pinched middle section and bulbous arches to the aft – just like its American cousin the Corvette, of course.
Over 100,000 GTs were produced between 1968 and 1973 – when in the UK the Vanden Plas Allegro was the height of domestic sophistication.
The GT/W Geneve was a one-off experiment, a pretty fastback which was specially constructed for Opel’s stand at the 1975 Geneva salon; and would have spotlighted rotary engined aspirations for the German company. It appeals to us for that lovely Joe 90-ish futurism. The extreme rake of the rear three-quarters makes is sight, and the inspired wires and gold flake job sets it off perfectly.
Pity it never made it out to the roads…
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