With the 86th Geneva International Motor Show coming, Opel is getting ready to take down the canvas cover on its Opel GT Concept, which is already described as the direct successor to the Opel GT and Monza Concept. This purist sports car promises a form that’s seamless and bare of any furnishings that can disturb dynamics while still promising a performance worthy of its ancestors.
Can you imagine a vehicle with no door handles and side mirrors? Wrap your mind around that concept, because that is just one of the aesthetics that the Opel GT Concept has in store for attendees of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The concept’s predecessor, the Opel Experimental GT, was introduced in 1965 during the Frankfurt Motor Show of that year. Like the new Opel GT Concept, the innovative GT, which was a product of Opel’s first design studio, featured innovations like retracting headlamps.
The slim and sleek body has also been carried over to the GT Concept. Erhard Schnell, who conceptualized the Opel Experimental GT, and his team clearly aimed to provide just a design statement. However, the public warmly welcomed the concept and saw the Opel GT produced and sold in 1968.
The Opel Experimental GT was also noted as being the first concept created by a European car company, a trend that will carry over to future generations until today. A red strip adorns the sides of the vehicle, giving emphasis to its sleekness and proportionate design that is purist in nature.
Red is also found in the front tires attached to roller skate rims, a nod to the Motoclub 500 motorcycle that was produced by Opel in 1928. That, however, is the only influence from past models that Opel brought into the Opel GT Concept outside of the cues from the Opel Experimental GT.
It carries over the tradition of not having a trunk lid and featuring a centrally located dual exhaust system first started by its spiritual predecessor. One of Opel’s innovations introduced in the Opel GT Concept is the large-size doors that are not built apart from the glass windows, but are integrated directly into them.
The result is an almost non-existent line between the painted exteriors and the glass surfaces of the windows.