Opel is traditionally a car maker noted for mouth-watering coupes. In their earlier days,
their coupes mainly based on luxurious high-end vehicles. Later, Opel made smaller
One reason for this was the sad fact that interest in upper class models of the
Rüsselsheim based automaker has inclined in course of time. Another was the great
impact of Ford's Capri in the 1960's.
As a reply on the Ford coupe, Opel launched the Manta at this time and, though it didn't
reach the Capri's sales numbers, it was a very successful model. In the late 1970's, Opel
released its successor which became a cult car in Germany. In the early 1990's, as
pre-owned Mantas were getting cheaper and cheaper, lots of younger tuning freaks bought
them, modified them and caught public's eyes not only by exceptional exterior styling but
also by foolish behaviour pattern.
Soon, bad jokes, in addition to two sarcastic movies, battered the positive image of the
sporty Opels in Germany. Meanwhile, Opel released the next mid-size sedan-based coupe
generation which was, just as before, a great success too. It bear the name Calibra and
the public was raptured one more time. But anyhow, it was too good to be true in the end.
Instead of extending the successful Calibra series by a convertible or a sporty station
wagon, the Opel managers did nothing like that and the breathtaking masterpiece of body
design phased out without bringing sustained profit to the reputation of sporting Opel
cars or Opel in general.
The next step was even more fainthearted. Despite the Calibra's popularity, Opel didn't
launch a direct successor and the mid-size coupe has been replaced by a coupe version of
pact Astra line instead. Although the new vehicle's side profile was
similar to the Calibra design, the
front and rear look like those of ordinary Astras and the enthusiasm about that
car was very low because of that.
In Germany, Volkswagen's coupes Scirocco and Corrado never went down as well as their
respective rivals from Rüsselsheim but Opel's fans and bosses have managed
of it all. The GTC concept is a new attempt to proceed track record. Currently, it seems
that Opel's image is, not only in terms of sporty cars, completely damaged but history
shows that the reputation of Opel is as resistant as it is bad in the moment. And maybe,
if things run smooth, the legend is still alive!