Morning Symphony: This 1972 Steinmetz-Opel GT Group 4 Racer Tearing Up A Hillclimb Is Awesome!


Morning Symphony: This 1972 Steinmetz-Opel GT Group 4 Racer Tearing Up A Hillclimb Is Awesome!

You know what an Opel GT is, but take note of the name “Steinmetz”. Klaus Steinmetz, a former BMW team manager, was known for taking the 3/4 scale Stingray and boosting the power significantly. Whereas a stock GT might have made 100 horsepower on a good day (and usually was closer to 85 horsepower), a Steinmetz-Opel GT could be rocking just about 200 horsepower…a good figure for a sports car that struggled to weigh in at an even ton. With about ten pounds per horsepower to move around, the GT suddenly became a sprightly little thing, eager to get up and moving. Shame emissions laws kept them from crossing the pond, isn’t it? Sure, it’s got the typical angry four-banger exhaust note, but watching this car nip at the heels of a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona like a pissed-off terrier is too cool for words. Hit the play button and watch this little yellow zonker scream around the hills!


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One thought on “Morning Symphony: This 1972 Steinmetz-Opel GT Group 4 Racer Tearing Up A Hillclimb Is Awesome!

  1. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Opel never stepped up to the mark with the horsepower to match the GT’s stunning looks. The twin cam motor out of the Manta GTE400 would have been ideal, but for the fact that it came into being years after production stopped. In the UK modern “Red Top” Vauxhall twin cams are fitted while in the US its usually small block Chevys that are chosen. Opel should have sold Steinmetz Ople GTs much like Ford did with the Lotus Cortinas.

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