1976 Bitter CDSOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: €14,000-17,000

Sold: €18,856

Bitter was produced in Germany and later Austria. The founder Erich Bitter, a former race car driver turned automobile tuner, importer and ultimately designer began crafting his own vehicles after business ventures with Italian manufacturer Intermeccanica soured.

The Bitter automobile company produced vehicles between 1973 and 1989 in Erich Bitter;s home town of Schwelm in Western Germany.

The Bitter CD, a three-door hatchback coupe featuring a Chevrolet 327 V-8 of 227 hp, was based on Opel's top of the range Diplomat. It was built between 1973-1979 in just 395 units. Its attractive body lines betrayed a certain influence of contemporary Italian sports car design, especially Maserati's Ghibli.

The CD had been first shown on the Frankfurt Auto Show 1971 as a design study commissioned by Opel. Bitter`s production model differed in many respects from the show car but still presented a handsome take on the supercar theme, combining the stunning Italianate looks with legendary German reliability and the power of a bullet-proof GM V8 engine.

The delightful example on offer here is most attractively finished in dark green metallic with the rare option of cognac leather. Having had just two owners from new of which the vendor has kept the car for some 25 years, the mileage of just 52,000 km on the odometer is believed to be correct. Further creature comforts are provided with an air conditioning unit and automatic gearbox.

A rare possibility to acquire one of these rare machines in stunning condition at a fraction of the prices more exotic Italian machines would achieve. Offered with Belgian registration papers.

Reference Number 5498

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1976 Bitter CD
VIN 5250176