What´s one of these worth now? When did you ever see one?
Hailed as being the better than the Lotus Elise they based it on, Opel´s Speedster is a rare sight despite the plaudits. This particular version had a pleasantly used patina about it. The paint on the gear stick was worn down to the metal and the interior had enough scuffs to suggest enthusiastic but sympathetic use. Opel´s Steven Crijns did a super job of the interior which has a Spartan feel but looks robust. This is very much not the sort of car I tend to like yet this one really captured my imagination. I can forgive the false air intakes ahead of the rear wheels as the overall styling is so damn good. Of all Opel´s Martin Smith cars this might be the most fully resolved – of course it had a good package upon which the shapes could be draped. It even nods to the GT of ´68-´73 without being in the least bit retro.
Opel gave the car GM 2.2 litre, 2.0 turbo engines and even offered a 1.3 litre unit for what they called the Eco Speedster. Given the fact the engine was lighter and the car only weighed eight hundred and something kilos, this version might indeed be a lot of fun, more fun than the heavier units which might mess with the chassis balance more.
I have never seen a review of the Eco model and the normal ones have sunk without trace in the intervening ten years. Nobody mentions this car, despite a reasonable five year run. At mobile.de there are 36 on sale at the time of writing. Apart from one or two lingering under €10,000, most are hovering in the €15,000 territory. That´s not bad for a car ten years out of production. Clearly despite the lack of sightings and the reluctance of automotive hacks to discuss it, those who know this car love it. Now I do too.
(Oddly, this one wore a Vauxhall badge.)