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I've been trying to put my finger on it for the past few months and finally I got it. The Elise looks like a future Opel Manta. The car came in a blue that was similar to Laser Blue as I recall..
Does anyone have pictures of one??
Sort of a miniature Corvette in a good way though..
 

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Assume Perry was referring to the Opel GT .

Coincidentally I used to have a "white" one :D

If I can get my scanner working I will scan in an old (scary) picture.

Larry

Edit: None of my pics are as good as Stan's :clap:
 

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They were neat car...if memory serves there was a manual lever to roll over the lights. And small and "large" engine options. I like that power bulge on the hood that some had...sorta like some of the hipo Elans...
 

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no no no. have said i before, will say it again

ferrari 246



 

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Dino is the first thing that came to mind when I saw an Elise.

I'm with you NtflBlueLiz: I always wanted a Dino and that is probably why I was so taken with the Elise.
 

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The 246 Dino is one of the cars that was benchmarked in the design phase of the Elise project. And one of the cars owned by the original designer of the Elise.
 

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ah, i came SO close to buying one. it was a flashback moment when i first saw elise pix in the magazines a few years ago
 

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When it approaches the viewer while climbing an incline, I think it looks reminiscent of a lambo miura.
it has to be approaching slowly though, otherwise the lightness of the car dispells the impression.
m.
 

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yeah, when i first saw the car i thought it was a modern version of the opel gt, an early 70's corvette, and a ferrari rolled up in one...
the opel gt was considered the poor mans corvette....a little before my time, maybe im wrong there....
 

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evomind said:
... the opel gt was considered the poor mans corvette....a little before my time, maybe im wrong there....
When it was new, I don't think anyone seriously referred to the Opel GT as a poor man's Corvette. With it's puny 4-banger in the time of serious muscle cars and 427 L-88 Vettes, it was a cute oddity sold by Buick dealers. In its day, it was much like a Miata or MR2 Spyder is today, a fun little sporty car.
 

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I've always loved the Opel GT. Steel unibody construction makes it relatively lightweight - VERY lightweight for its time. The 1.9 can pack a decent punch, too. So many of the 30,000 sold here have laid to waste in junkyards, it's sad. You can pick one up in decent condition for under $5k. I'd love to get one as a project car and cut drop a renesis rotary in it! :p
 

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they called it the poor mans vette for exactly that.....
the styling and the little motor as opposed to the big chevy engine.
 

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evomind said:
they called it the poor mans vette for exactly that.....
the styling and the little motor as opposed to the big chevy engine.
Yep. What he said. I also remember them being referred to as a "Baby Vette"...
 
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