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New Opel GT at 2006 Geneva Motor Show

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Legendary Name Celebrates Comeback

The classic slogan "Nur Fliegen ist schöner" ("Only flying is more exciting") went down in the history of advertising, and applied to a car which has become a classic itself, the Opel GT. Now the Opel brand is reviving the legend with a new sports car that echoes the successful concept of its predecessor. The new two-seat GT features an exciting design with sharply cut lines, rear-wheel drive and a potent four-cylinder turbo engine with gasoline direct injection. The new roadster will celebrate its world premiere at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

The career of the original GT began with a bolt out of the blue. When Opel presented a two-seat sports car at the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show it came as a complete surprise, especially as the GT was a total departure from the prevailing design trend in Europe at that time. The curvacious lines were inspired by a new style of US-design, the so-called "coke-bottle shape". The styling cues included a low front-end with pop-up headlights, pronounced rounded wheelarches, a narrow waist in the area of the doors, and even shapelier rear wheelarches ending in an abrupt tail-end. Over 100,000 units were produced between 1968 and 1973, and the GT has since become a coveted collector's item.

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The Opel GT will just be a Sky basically. Kind of like how Saturn is getting Opels, Opel is getting a Saturn.

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I just wish there were a full hardtop version available, like the original...

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Guest YellowJacket894

I see Solstice in the rear.

I actually think this will look slightly different from the Sky. I mean, it may be the throw cover making me misjudge, but those lines look comparable to the original GT's.

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In march like it usually is. Though, I do think we'll probably see it before then.

Also.. when you see the GT.. just remember that the SKY redline will probably look like it...(with or without the hard top and with Saturn badges)

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