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#31 ONLINE   HarmonicCheeseburger

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:45 PM

I can add this to the list of cars I have never seen or heard of, defiantly giving the Wiki a good read.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:47 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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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:50 PM

Wow, that's a bitter all right. (Bit o' all right, you see. One of those puns that really doesn't work in type).

 

Welcome, and flippin' ell.

 

Of course, no doubt you have one of these:

 

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For some reason there are quite a few Bitter SC brochures on eBay for cheap, which is where I got mine.

 

If anybody is vaguely curious, I wrote it up here as part of my continuing and largely ignored The Carchive series.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:50 PM

Remember these routinely appearing in the new car price lists at the back of What Car etc in the 1980s. Never realised so few were actually sold! Great purchase!!

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:51 PM

Amazing design, and everyone needs a car with pop up headlights.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:55 PM

That is wonderful, welcome aboard!

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:56 PM

That sent a cold chill down my spine.

I once caused the demise of a silver Ferrari 400. Such a similar looking car. Never seen a Bitter up close but the Ferrari was beautiful, far better than in photos

Nice car
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:12 PM

What a marvellous vehicle! By a coincidence when I was trying to register my recently imported 1959 Impala at the Southwark office of the DVLA (which involved much argument with a very stupid woman) I was sort of cheered on by a couple of guys who had also been trying to do the same with their Bitter with the same stupid cow. I got applause for standing my ground against her refusing to issue an age related plate (she was adamant that the documents I had provided didn't say what the year of the car was) and showing her up in front of her boss who took one look at my paperwork and told her to issue the plate and not a Q-plate. 


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:19 PM

Sweet :)
I had the opportunity to buy a solid example of an SC ten years ago for £2.5k, as usual I declined...doh.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:27 PM

Sweet :)
I had the opportunity to buy a solid example of an SC ten years ago for £2.5k, as usual I declined...doh.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:44 PM

Wow.  What an absolute stunner. 8)



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:19 PM

Strela.

 

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welcome :-)


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:48 PM

Just looking at the aforementioned Pistonheads thread.

 

Stopped at a service station on the motorway and came back to the car to find a portly cigar-smoking Austrian taking photos as he'd never seen one in this colour.

 I see you've met Junkman...


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 10:09 PM

Just looking at the aforementioned Pistonheads thread.

 I see you've met Junkman...

Possibly! Here's the radiant little thing that was the subject of that thread. And a miniature version I bought subsequently. I might take it out for a few days if the weather clears up (the big one, not the little one).

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 10:29 PM

My word that Bitter looks fantastic, you don't get more 80s than that.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 10:41 PM

Holy flip! Talk about opening with a wallop! That is wedgetastic, and you have just outwedged Vulgalour. It clearly does resemble the unloved Fezza wedge, well bought & welcome to the beige place


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Posted 01 May 2018 - 07:21 AM

Wow, that's a bitter all right. (Bit o' all right, you see. One of those puns that really doesn't work in type).

 

Welcome, and flippin' ell.

 

Of course, no doubt you have one of these:

 

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For some reason there are quite a few Bitter SC brochures on eBay for cheap, which is where I got mine.

 

If anybody is vaguely curious, I wrote it up here as part of my continuing and largely ignored The Carchive series.

Cheers. I don't have that brochure, but in the last couple of weeks while I was waiting to pick the car up I think I read everything on the internet about these (which amounts to about two and a half pages), including your write up. The picture on the front may have subliminally influenced me to find a yellow field to take a photo next to yesterday

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:50 AM

Cor! :)



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Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:51 AM

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 01:29 PM

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

I don't know what to think.

 

Plah?


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Posted 01 May 2018 - 01:40 PM

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

Was it Colc that bought one with "issues"?
 

 

I did....spiteful bloody thing.I bought a wrong un though...in the dark.....in a rather less than salubrious part of Birmingham. Prices are all over the place for them I'd have another though.......


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Posted 01 May 2018 - 07:35 PM

I’m very excited this is on the forum - I was severely tempted when it came up for sale and I had to have a stern word with myself about too many cars (see signature for details - it would fit right in with my shedful of old sheds).

It looks like a really good one. Much jealousy, and welcome along.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 09:22 PM

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:19 PM

Wow, from the thread title and the first post I was expecting a 1983 Opel Senator with a bodykit or something, not a Bitter!

Look forward to hearing how you get on with it. I didn’t even know they were sold new in the UK.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:55 PM

I’m very excited this is on the forum - I was severely tempted when it came up for sale and I had to have a stern word with myself about too many cars (see signature for details - it would fit right in with my shedful of old sheds).

It looks like a really good one. Much jealousy, and welcome along.

I shall update. Nice to see lots of interest in it. It'll be wedgematising a few B roads until the end of next week, with a little trip to Silverstone on Saturday, but then back into storage for a few months. I might wop it out again in the summer, but I ought to put some miles on the Merc then, as it hasn't seen a road since December.


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Posted 01 May 2018 - 11:02 PM

I did....spiteful bloody thing.I bought a wrong un though...in the dark.....in a rather less than salubrious part of Birmingham. Prices are all over the place for them I'd have another though.......

I'd be interested to know which one. After all, there aren't many about. Do you know where it is now? 

 

You're right that prices vary a lot. I expect that the cheapie ones need everything doing to them. When I bought this, there was one other for sale. It was a lovely dark metallic blue with outrageous copper coloured interior. But it was a three litre, left hooker, had 300,000km on the clock, had been for sale for about a year, and by the time I'd brought it back from Switzerland would have cost at least as much as this one. Mine has just been resprayed and had quite a lot of bodywork done by a man in the know. God willing, we shall prevail.


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:09 AM

That is absolutely superb - 35.7/10 and far better looking than the Ferrari 400!

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 07:29 PM

It's still going!

All being well, I'll have put 1000 miles on her by the time she's parked up at the end of next week. I'm seeing Mr Smith on Tuesday to have the new starter fitted, which should solve the hot start issue. I'll also go over a few other points to be addressed in my absence. There's a fair amount of oil seeping from the rocker cover gasket. Apparently this was replaced before sale, but clearly not screwed down properly. It's not dumping much of any fluid, but there's a steady coolant leak somewhere around the base of the radiator. The front fog light and indicator on one side are drooping and need locating properly. The only mystery at the moment is that the passenger side front seat belt is mildy damp where it retracts into the panel beneath the rear window. I would like to get it on a ramp and have a look at the suspension. It rides pretty well, and feels a bit firmer than the Merc, but I wonder if there's much under there that has been on the car from new and probably hasn't been replaced because of the very sparing use it's had. 

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 07:53 PM

If you're staying locally to Silverstone on the Saturday night, why not pop by the Field of Dreams on the Sunday, on your way home? It's near Buckingham and a selection of AS folk will be there for a natter and some tinkering with old cars in the sunshine.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 07:57 PM

If you're staying locally to Silverstone on the Saturday night, why not pop by the Field of Dreams on the Sunday, on your way home? It's near Buckingham and a selection of AS folk will be there for a natter and some tinkering with old cars in the sunshine.

I'm only at Silverstone on Saturday but I may be passing Buckingham anyway on Sunday. What's Field of Dreams and when?


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