Opel GT: There is More Power…

Gulf Oil Sign

in that Good Gulf Gasoline.” – Gulf Refining Co.

This is the Opel GT. If memory serves, it was pitched as sort of a Corvette Jr. It’s good to have performance goals that exceed your reach. On the other hand, the looks are spot on. Flippy lights and round tails, just like a ‘Vette. Swoopy fenders and that little lip of a rear spoiler. The canvas top ios exceedingly cool. Never seen one so equipped before.

They’re exceedingly rare, even in AZ. I have seen two in 20 years. Probably rust and late 1960s/early ’70s GM Opel “engineering” have something to do with that scarcity.  Plus low sales (about 17K/year 1968-73). I am conflicted about the Gulf livery. It’s not original, but it is period appropriate. It looks great on this car, but unless there is some crazy powerful transplanted engine under there, sitting on a now-sorted out suspension, it is an incongruous look – an unsupported boast.

But, when you’re a forty-five-year-old survivor car, you can wear pretty much whatever you g*****m well please.

Feature photo CC licensed by Lynn Friedman via Flickr.

Opel GT Gulf oil livery
More of a 40 than a GT40


2016 Ford Focus RS: Suddenly, They’re Everywhere

Not that it’s a bad thing.  There were two at the Pavillions. The one driving by had a blatty, poppy exhaust that said “Ima slap your hands and take your lunch money before your turbo even gets to spool.” Sounds wicked. It also sounded like it was so overclocked that if your octane comes in at 90.9 and not 91, it would grenade itself.

2016 Ford Focus RS
130% more engine and 184% more power behind that face.

I hate love the blue. It’s garish and unmistakable, so you won’t sneak up on anyone. OTOH, youy just spent 45K on the best Focus ever. Flaunt it. Continue reading “2016 Ford Focus RS: Suddenly, They’re Everywhere”

It wasn’t a dream after all.

They really did it. This is the Bentley Bentayga.* Despite all the negative reactions to the prototype, Bentley said “me too” to the SUV class.   But my question is “what is it best at?”

Looks? Maybe. The front does scream “I swear I am a real Bentley!!” more convincingly than a fake. The rest of it is basically best 2016 Ford Edge ever.

Design? Look at the windshield. To keep the shape, they painted black on the door. They did the same thing on the D-pillar/tailgate. We call that a compromise, don’t we?

Back seat room? Cargo space/utility? Look at this and say either is best in class. Your Tibetan Mastiff is not going to fit in the back. Or in cargo.

Yes, it is somewhat hand built. So is a Whopper. Yes, the materials you feel and see are top notch. Yes, it is somewhat rare. Yes, you’ll never see one of the poors driving it, except at the auto salon. Yes, it’s got unbelievable power and a crazy theoretical top speed for a grocery getter. And a token trailer hitch.

But what is it best at? (Besides price, obvs.)

bentley bentayga

Continue reading “It wasn’t a dream after all.”