Opel needed a sports car they could base on their entry-level model, the Kadett. So, in the mid-60s, they got the green light from GM to introduce such a vehicle. The design was heavily influenced by the Corvette and GM concepts from the mid-60s. It came with covered headlights, a curvy Coke bottle design and twin round taillights.
And with its similar silhouette, the Opel GT looked like a scaled-down version of the Corvette. In fact, it even appeared on the market at the same time as the third generation of the âVette. But due to its sluggish 1.3 and 1.9-liter four-cylinder engines, the Opel GT didn’t have the Corvette’s power or performance.
But thankfully, it had the same good looks. The Buick dealership network sold it in America, and, interestingly, it sold well. In fact, the sold more Opel GTs in the U.S. than in Europe during its five-year production run.