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Lot 052: Opel Monza Automatic

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Launched in 1978 and remaining in production until 1993, the Monza was the flagship of the Opel range and was effectively a fastback coupe version of the Vauxhall/Opel Senator saloon (in some markets it was also known as the Vauxhall Royale, the Opel name being dropped in 1983). Well-built and spacious, it was powered by a 3-litre straight-six engine that developed 178bhp and made it the fastest Opel to date, capable of 134mph and 0-60 in 9.5 seconds. It was available with either a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic gearbox.

First registered in August 1979, this Monza automatic appears to be an unusually well-preserved and original example with notably smart green velour upholstery. Although the car has covered some 130,000 miles, the engine and gearbox were replaced in 1994 with units that had only done 45,000 miles and have since clocked up another 2,000 miles.

Just issued with a fresh MOT, it comes with a large folder of bills and a service guide. While it is true that this car may not set everyone's heart a-flutter, it is worth mentioning that, according to the excellent website howmanyleft.co.uk, there are only seven of these cars left on the UK's roads today, so you are unlikely to see another one coming the other way&

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number052
Estimate£2000-£2500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1450
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1979
Condition rating0
Registration numberNPW 553V
Mileage-
Chassis number2291367497
Engine number0024071
Engine capacity (cc)2968
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2