My Favorite Car: '71 Opel GT, Earl W. Dayton, 82, New Port Richey

'71 Opel GT

This is my first sports car, a gold 1971 Opel GT. I bought it in 1975 for $2,050. It was a shade tree mechanic's toy if there ever was one — always something to fix. One frustrating item was the retractable headlights. The junction box went bad so I thought I'd have to order a new one. A friend suggested that I disassemble the box and I found the points eroded, cleaned them up, reinstalled the box, and it worked perfectly. I kept that car for about a year and sold it because my wife had a problem with the stiff clutch, and she had difficulty reaching the pedals. But, we had a year's fun, and sold it for what I paid for it.

My Favorite Car: '71 Opel GT, Earl W. Dayton, 82, New Port Richey 11/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 3:30am]

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