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#1 OFFLINE   Strela

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 04:40 PM

Partially inspired by the huge dedication of a couple of posters on here who had persevered with extremely rare early 80s GM saloons, and partially due to being slightly tipsy on ebay one night, I acquired this in February unseen while several thousand miles away, picked it up a few days ago and am finding it a most excellent environment in which to play my new Frankie Miller CD. I also have a Mercedes of similar vintage, which is comparatively easy to look after. But this is so splendidly obscure that I decided to sign up to the forum because basically, I need all the help I can get. And I thought the good people of Autoshite might like a look at it.

 

 


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:06 PM

Oh that's a lovely thing.

Welcome along - what a first post.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:14 PM

.... Is it a quiz = do we get a piccie :/
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:17 PM

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:35 PM

Mr. Strela!

Your SL thread on PH is one of the most amusing things I have read on the internet.

Congrats on the new purchase, looks excellent.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:36 PM

Is that a Bitter?



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:41 PM

Is that a Bitter?

 

Certainly is.

 

Not many sold in Britain, that's for sure.

 

Reminds me of a Ferrari 412:

 

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:45 PM

No clue what it is, but "3.9" and popups sound like a winning formula.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:50 PM

Crikey!

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:00 PM

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:03 PM

Mr. Strela!

Your SL thread on PH is one of the most amusing things I have read on the internet.

Congrats on the new purchase, looks excellent.

Many thanks! Now that the SL is pretty much perfect, I have decided to leave it in the garage and embark on something new. 

 

Yes, it's a Bitter SC. And 3.9 and pop-ups is as good criteria as any really, when buying a 32 year old car. I was hoping this would lessen the desire for a Ferrari 400 (I am not quite mental enough to go for an Aston Lagonda - that Tadek Marek V8 is so good, I'd want to have one in a car that could actually move under its own steam at least once a decade without needing a support vehicle in case it's disabled by its own dashboard). But, as I was parping along in this wonderful car the other night, I did start thinking how much more fun it would be with another six cylinders. I am going to have to scratch that six carb V12 itch at some point. 

 

Meantime, apart from a clunky fan, this is tremendous fun. It's done 56k miles since 1986, and I'm doing about 80 miles a day in it just for amusement. It's just lovely.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:04 PM

Bitter, Danke!
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:07 PM

Certainly is.

 

Not many sold in Britain, that's for sure.

 

Reminds me of a Ferrari 412:

 

http://www.classicandperformancecar.com/...

I understand that 29 coupes and 1 droptop were sold here, out of a total production run of under 500. According to the owners' club the number of roadworthy ones in the UK now is in single figures. 


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:14 PM

So you just wander in all nonchalant like and drop a bloody Bitter on us....excellent work ! 


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:21 PM

dis-gon-be-good-dis-gonna-be-good-bear-s


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:29 PM

*faints*


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:30 PM

Strongly agree

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:31 PM

Didn't someone else have one of these on here a couple of years back? It's a great looking car, welcome along.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:31 PM

was it perchance designed by an Italian?


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:36 PM

Blimey, well that's not was I was expecting from the first post, though I don't know what I was expecting.

I've heard of them but know nothing about them so you will have to tell us more. Lots more. I mean I could just google it but I don't need to now you're here. We need more pictures for a start. I can't be the only one desperate to see inside.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:47 PM

was it perchance designed by an Italian?

It certainly draws on the Italian style of the era. But I think, and I am happy to be corrected, that it is ultimately attributable to Erich Bitter himself. It is a wonderfully Germanic interpretation of the Ferrari 400 design. I have only spent about 8 hours staring at it today.

 

Interior is lavish leather with retrimmed Opel dash. I've had a ride in the back, if you know what I mean, and it's very squishy. 

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:55 PM

That is one cool car.  8) 


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:09 PM

A most excellent first post - welcome! The Bitter interior is somewhat more conventional than I guess I expected, but all the better for it, I say. It looks to be in a very good state. Looking forward to hearing of your adventures with this, or for that matter, just musings after you've sat and gazed at it some more. This car made it into my first Top Trumps pack circa ooh, 1980?and made an instant impression on me. It was so rare that I later came to think it was a figment of my imagination. So glad it isn't.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:24 PM

Welcome along, Pop-up headlights rock, as do obscure 80s motors.

Was it Colc that bought one with "issues"?

Didn't someone else have one of these on here a couple of years back? It's a great looking car, welcome along.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:38 PM

It certainly draws on the Italian style of the era. But I think, and I am happy to be corrected, that it is ultimately attributable to Erich Bitter himself. It is a wonderfully Germanic interpretation of the Ferrari 400 design. I have only spent about 8 hours staring at it today.

 

Interior is lavish leather with retrimmed Opel dash. I've had a ride in the back, if you know what I mean, and it's very squishy. 

Ruched leather 80s sofa seating! :-) Fab car all round! :-)



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:42 PM

Well THAT’S dribble-worthy. Yum yum.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:42 PM

Non-mechanical parts supply must be interesting....
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:43 PM

Wikipedia says: 'Bitter currently produces luxury versions of the Opel Adam and Opel Mokka.'

I don't know what to think.


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924: Likely to dislove a bit slower than anything elas on my chod for a gran list

 

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:43 PM

Wow. That's fantastic! One for the "I didnt know existed" thread. Stick an Italian badge on it and it would quadruple in price.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:43 PM

Welcome along, Pop-up headlights rock, as do obscure 80s motors.

Was it Colc that bought one with "issues"?
 

 

It was. How great to see another!


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