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Opel Commodore 2.5 GS - SOLD

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Stunning Opel Commodore 2.5 GS (upgraded to GS/E specification)

  • Stunning Condition after comprehensive rebuild
  • GS/E Upgrades
  • Getrag 5 Speed Conversion
  • 52,000miles - believed genuine

Description

Introduced in 1972 the Opel Commodore ‘B’ was a replacement for the the now ageing Commodore ‘A’ which was build from 1967-72. The Commodore B was offered in two body types, the 4 door saloon and the sportier more rakishly designed 2 door Coupe, the later also seeing competition with Opels tuning company Steinmetz building the monstrous V8 powered Commodore Jumbo 6000 and by privateers in the European Touring Car Championships.

This stunning Opel Commodore was supplied new by Ferrybank Motors, Wexford, Ireland to Mr D Dalun in August 1973 as a 2.5 GS, 4 speed manual, finished in Signal Yellow with Black Vinyl roof (Factory Sunroof fitted) with black velour interior. Ferrybank Motors continued to look after the car servicing her at 600, 2996, 7971, 12858, 24000, 31164, 39124, 40432 and 47646miles ( all stamped in original Opel Service Book from 08/73-05/88 ). Sometime after this it is believed she was then imported into the UK and purchased by the Chairman of the UK Opel GT Owners Club

Despite being structurally sound (Bulkhead, jacking points, chassis rails, inner-wings were all in excellent condition) the Commodore underwent a complete strip-down and a 400hr rebuild took place, with the car being meticulously restored. During the restoration it was decided that the car would be tastefully modified to GS/E specification and a set of original Ronal Alloys (refurbished and with new tyres), a genuine GS/E front spoiler, exhaust system were sourced and the Commodore received the fuel-injected cylinder head and Getrag 5 Speed gearbox conversion from a 45k mile Opel Senator.

With a believed genuine 51649 miles and now with a full 12months MOT this super rare Commodore GS (GS/E) Coupe is a stunning example of this rare Classic Coupe.

The bodywork is in excellent condition, the underside has never been plated, wheel-arches, front wings, inner wings / bulkhead are immaculate and she will ‘WOW’ people at any classic gathering.

Her interior is in great condition, the vinyl roof is all original, door cards, seats are all very good and the carpet is excellent save one small area behind the drivers seat. All interior electrics work as they should.

Mechanically the engine is sweet, she fires easily and out on the open road is a real pleasure to drive. As a Grand Tourer this Commodore could put many a modern car to shame, she cruises happily at 70mph, remains nice and quiet and the 2.5litre straight six has nice growl. The brakes remain positive and with her tasteful GS/E upgrades she has purposeful stance!

As a super cool classic coupe this Opel Commodore is as about as rare as it gets and is an absolute gem!

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"I write these words with a large childish smile still beaming across my face after driving through the Kent countryside, roof down, summers warmth on my face as ‘il Polita’ my beautiful '82 Fiat Spider 2000. This is now June but the story starts in 2018 February at the London Classic Car Show

Glass of fizz in hand with Paul; very good friend of mine. Gazing at auto-erotica, he spots the 82’ Fiat spider 2000 on the stand of ‘Absolute Classic Cars’, with the team greeting us too look closer. A truly stunning example and honestly priced. The conversation flitters between us, the cars of the show, and the possible purhcase of the Spider!

Days later, I call to make a further enquiry to purchase the Fiat Spider. Excitement in my voice is then inadvertently quelled as I find out that the early bird has truly got the worm. Paul has got in before me and struck the deal! All's fair in love afterall. . . 

After carrying out a detailed service and additional works the call comes to collect the Spider and on a damp cold March morning we travel up to Lincoln, where we're kindly picked up at the station. Moments later, after a warming coffee, everybody’s happy! The sale's completed and Paul’s in the 'new owners' hot seat of the Spider raring to go. Myself? Navigators seat, perhaps with the slightest of sighs. 150 miles later, we’re home but the drive South has encouraged me to make the call for Absolute Classic Cars to commence the search for another model. This time, most definitely with my name on it! 

Over the next month myself and the ACC team discuss cars in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, with the Mark and Carl casting their ever professional ‘laser pin point’ eye over several models. Each time highlighting why that may not be the example for me. Rest assured these guys know their onions and you’re in very safe hands; candid and sincere.

Just when I was beginning to feel the summer would pass without a ‘Spider’ for my own Italian passions, I get a phone call from my friend Paul. Whether it was a hint of guilt or just that he had run out of space for his car collection? .....“Would you like to buy the Spider from me”....I think they were his words, as I interrupted with a ‘yes definitely’ before the sentence was cast from his lips!  

I inform ACC to call off the search, the Spider has fund its true home! – ‘Perhaps it was just meant to be‘  he wryly says.

From that champagne fuelled car show, meeting Carl and Mark, the roundabout route of having my perfect car in the garage & now chasing summer horizons. I can honestly say it’s been a pleasure both meeting and finally getting ‘the car’ through the Absolute Classic Cars. 

As they say in Italy – ‘Le Dolce Vita’ "

Steve Calver, Kent

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