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  • Playart Opel GT from my childhood finally found!

    I was thinking of my early childhood cars, and this goes back to, must be 1974 / 1975. I would have purchased it at a local Department Store toy section on the second floor (remember the escalator rides as shopping was an event back then, not everyday like today) or more likely Woolworths at the same shopping Mall. Originally tan, this was dispatched to sandbox duty, and has since been sandblasted. I discovered it yesterday morning in a box that I had brought in from the garage as I make room to store a car for the Winter.

    It is quite fortunate (or psychic?!) that I discovered it now because for the last few days I have been wanting to buy a replacement barnfind wreck to restore, preferably into an earthtone 1970s color. It has been dissembled already, and primed and painted, but just needs the Pledge treatment to the windows, which actually cleaned up remarkably well with soap and warm water considering the amount of dirt present. Yeah, quite glad to get MY OWN Opel barnfind roadworthy!!! It's a bit of a favorite as my family was a GM family, with my parents having Buicks and Oldsmobiles growing up, and I well remember the Buick dealer selling "captive import" Opels. And to boot, someone several doors down from my house owned a couple Opels, including a GT! Ah, the memories! Click image for larger version

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    Little chrome loss (as to be expected), tweaked axles--you know, it survived pretty well! Most of my lost diecast got absolutely trashed; due to a lawnmower or farm equipment running over it.

    Good luck on the 1/1 search. I'm looking at getting a vehicle to simply mess with. I'm really wanting a Dodge Power Wagon or an MG. But, I've got a few that need a little work already. I've got my '68 CJ-5, which needs an entire additional CJ-5 since the tub is toast. Only good body panels are the hood and tailgate. There's a cab and engine (Buick V-6, which can get it up to a reasonable highway speed of 60) that are salvageable. A neighbor of mine owns 3-4 CJ-5s. When asking if it could buy one--his plans were to fix up all of them--and he's already redid two. Then there's the 1983 Pininfarina (Fiat) Sport Spider. Got trashed, vandalized, and neglected (his garage door was trashed for nearly a year). It's in my grandparents' name, though he kept it after he stopped driving it in the mid '90s. Unlike the Jeep, it's gonna be a living nightmare to get fixed. Unlike Jeeps--I know no one who messes with old Fiats--yet a large portion of my friends are Jeep enthusiasts. Then, there's the '48 Willys Jeep CJ-3A. Some fluid changes, charge/replace battery, air up the tires, a good check-over, and I think it's good to go. Unfortunately, while it was my Granddad's (bought from his brother), my Dad got the bright idea to lift it 4 inches and add large tires. But it does have a pretty decent Warn winch. The lift and rough tires mean it's better to not take on the highway, unfortunately. With the latter two, we're in a bit of a current legal dispute with, a good poriton of it as to who actually owns the vehicles, despite the titles to the CJ-3A and Fiat which list my grandparents' names, and my great-uncle's widow not being able to find the title to the CJ-5 (which was sold alongside the CJ-3A to my Granddad 20 years ago), and me too broke to really do much on it so that I can get a builder's title. Thinking about buying a decent one, having my Jeep nut neighbor help me rebuild the V-6 and transmission out of the '68, then giving him the old I-4 as payment.
    Last edited by cody6268; 11-06-2019, 10:15 PM.

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    • #3
      Hi Cody, interesting story regarding your Jeep and Fiat, but this is the barnfind wreck that I am restoring. I'm not up for a full sized restoration project. It's amazing how common MGs are around my rust-belt area. I frequently kid my good friend the UK who lives in the town where MGs were built about how many we have here, and he (jokingly) claims the good ones were all sent to the USA.

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      • #4
        the Opel GT was called the "poor man's Corvette"

        I'd like to find a nice one for my Payart collection

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        • #5
          Originally posted by microbuss View Post
          the Opel GT was called the "poor man's Corvette"

          I'd like to find a nice one for my Payart collection
          Then what does the Playart version of Opel GT make me?????

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FourDoorFord View Post

            Then what does the Playart version of Opel GT make me?????
            the Opel GT was called that cause it did resemble the Corvette of that era

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            • #7
              Originally posted by microbuss View Post

              the Opel GT was called that cause it did resemble the Corvette of that era
              LOL, yes, but I am too poor to afford the poor man's Corvette, only the Playart model. So does that make me the poorest of the poor?

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              • #8
                Neat to see an old Playart being rescued. Love the memories these little cars create - I remember many trips to Woolsworths and picking out Playart models (and earlier Husky models). Another strange but interesting memory - the Woolworths store in those days still had the pay toilets on the second floor and being from a small town - those escalators were super cool!

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                • #9
                  4 door congrats on finding a great memory toy..................PJ i had forgotten about pay toilets until i read your post.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pegers View Post
                    4 door congrats on finding a great memory toy..................PJ i had forgotten about pay toilets until i read your post.
                    LOL, if you go to the UK, you won't forget about them. Alive and well!!!! . . . (more importantly, thanks for the good wishes, pegers!)

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                    • #11
                      So my Playart Opel GT restomod is complete except for small touches (painted taillamps, screws to hold it together) but this is basically what I envisioned to build if and when I came across my long lost model depicted at the beginning of this thread. My inspiration was the Opel GT seen in the opening credits of the final season of Get Smart when it was sponsored by Buick. I AM PLEASED!!!!
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                      • #12
                        Fantastic resto....well done.!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Motorcade View Post
                          Fantastic resto....well done.!
                          Thanks, Motorcade! I appreciate that. I think knowing exactly how I wanted it to turn out helped in doing a job I am pleased with. I think that choosing the right wheels makes the biggest difference more than anything. I wish that these weren't so expensive (even well used) as I'd love to do more.

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