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1977 Opel Kadett “Historic Rally Car”

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  • MileageN/A
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.9L
  • LocationGlasgow


1977 Opel Kadett “Historic Rally Car”

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Stuart McIntyre
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This rally-ready Kadett combines ultra-cool '70s styling with fine handling and performance.

The Opel Kadett C was first introduced to the public in 1973, this example is powered by a 8v engine that's capable of ~193BHP and specifically designed for historic rallying. The Kadett was one of the first hot hatches on the scene, 1 year before the main rival VW Golf Mk1 GTi appeared.

One of the most impressive results the Kadett achieved was earned by Walter Röhrl in the 1976 Monte Carlo Rally, where he finished in 4th place behind three Lancia Stratos.

This example is coming out of 5 years ownership, the car going straight in to a restoration to create this Kadett "Historic Rally Car". A bare metal rebuild was actioned along with fitting of a rare Swedish engine head.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Stuart after meeting David the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

A real pocket rocket on the dirt track and on the roads of Scotland, a lot of great races are to be had in this Kadett.

David is a real Opel Kadett enthusiast, having had experience with these cars for the previous 20 years. Back in 2016 he had a full bare metal rebuild this car. The car was originally an automatic, David tells us specifically chosen for the conversion with the larger tunnel suiting the rally specification.

Due to the pandemic, he unfortunately hasn't been able to use the car for rallying, however, the car is sold with a historic vehicle passport for racing (Stage Rally - Category 1). David will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the car in the comments below.

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Boxy arch styling, this car screams 70s rallying and looks fast even when sitting still.

Wheels and Tyres

The car rides on 13" 8 spoke minilite style alloys which are finished in silver and look in great condition on this car. They've been given the attention they deserve during the recent restoration.

Wrapped in Michelin MXV tyres, they appear to have a good amount of life left in them, just what you need if you're looking to rally with this car.


The bodywork looks good on this Kadett, all the panel gaps look good for a rally car from the 70s. Fibreglass bonnet and box arches as per the historic rallying specifications.

There are a few dents here and there, in small areas around the front and rear bumpers as well as doors. Please take a look at the detailed photos and videos for a closer look at the bodywork on this car.


Finished in the bright and vibrant Opel livery, we love how this car stands out on the road for all the right reasons.

The finish of the paint is good and even in coverage around the car, we did notice some very small areas of wear around the front and rear bumper. Please take time to view the images and videos to assess the condition for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks in good condition across the car, along with the trim being good too.

All the window rubbers and seals appear tight with no signs of wear or degrading.


A serious performance-focused race interior, everything stripped back to the bare essentials.

Seats and Carpets

The car is fitted with purposeful Bimarco Futura bucket seats with a red Ricco four-point harnesses to keep both the driver and navigator secure.

The black cloth bucket seats appear in good condition, and importantly are FIA 8855 - 1999 racing compliant. No carpets are found in the pocket rocket, for weight-saving purposes. Although the seats and belts have hardly been used, for competitive use they will need to be replaced due to the strict age related requirements (installed 4 years ago).


The dashboard looks purposeful, it would benefit from a deep clean, however is exactly what you would expect from a performance focused rally car.

Please take a look at the photos and videos for a closer look, no cracking or warping of the dash observed.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The racing steering wheel and 5 speed gear selector appear in good condition and both look free from any major wear.

Please view the images and videos for a tour of the interior.


Featuring a rare Swedish head, this car really packs a punch.

Engine and Gearbox

As well as giving the car the weight saving focused renovations, David has tidied up the engine bay during the bare metal restoration, take a look for yourself in the photos and videos.

The car is sold with a rare Swedish injection head, often used on Opel's where the block is bored out to 2.2L. This car however retains a 1.9L specification so that it can be entered in to appropriate historic rally events, running on twin 45 Webers, David mentions that is pushed out ~193BHP from the 8v block.

The car started life an an automatic, and has since been changed to a manual 5 speed "dog-leg" gearbox from Getrag. Couple this to a large shaft LSD Opel torque tube rear axle, and overdrive on the 5th gear, it makes for a car that can produce decent top speeds for its age.

We captured a mechanical video of the Kadett, where the car had been sitting cold and hasn't been started over lockdown, we asked David to turn the key and fire the car, it started without too much fuss or any issues.

Suspension and Brakes

David has attended to the brakes and suspension during the full restoration of the car, he mentions prompt stopping power is offered along with a firm ride with excellent handling abilities. The car is fitted with Bilstien shocks and matching gravel springs. Disc brakes all around, along with a bias pedal box and hydraulic handbrake.

The Drive

A rough and ready experience awaits you in rally car ownership.

David has really enjoyed restoring this car and had great plans of racing, however, due to the current climate has not managed to race or use the car to its full potential, hence why it's coming to sale.

Electrics and Other

The car is fitted with all the electrics you'd need for entry to a rally, a plumbed in fire extinguisher along with a hand held one present too.

David reports all the electrics, buttons, and knobs work within the car to his knowledge. He will be more than happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

History and Paperwork

A rare chance to own a rally car from the 70s, make this the talking point of your car collection.

The car comes with its V5, and historic motorsport UK vehicle passport, which is valid until 2029, for stage rally - category 1 races. The car is equipped with an FIA-approved roll cage, racing seats, and harnesses.

This is one of David's beloved cars, over the past few years he's stated to have spent some ~£35,000 in order to get it to the level you see it at today. A great opportunity to own a very special and unique road-legal rally car.

The car will also be sold with a large spared package which David mentions is essential for competition. A list of the spares is available on request.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi clear.

Key Details
  • ModelKadett C "Historic Rally Car"
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.03.1977
  • CC1,897
  • MileageN/A
  • ColourWhite/Yellow
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimCloth
  • Chassis #3275089204
  • Engine #0057701
  • RestoredYes
  • MOTNo Exempt
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers7
  • Tyre BrandMichelin
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned5 years
  • Key FeatureUniqueness

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£16,000 bid by paullaveine 21.07.2021 @ 18:59:24
£15,000 bid by nickey1 21.07.2021 @ 18:59:04
£14,000 bid by george108 21.07.2021 @ 18:04:13
£5,000 bid by doveyte2800 20.07.2021 @ 22:43:35
£4,500 bid by ecc123 20.07.2021 @ 22:20:05
David Killin
David Killin

The seat is in its highest position
I am 5 foot 9 inches
The subframe is adjustable and having looked at it very roughly another 5 inches could be achieved with the current seat and subframe


Could you let me know the max headroom from the driver’s seat at present and if there is any room to increase it.

David Killin
David Killin

At the moment the gap with my helmet on is approx 4 inches to the roof but the subframe is setup for that height so I can get the best vision
A different subframe and seat would alter the height


Hello David,
Can you provide info/photos of the spares that are included please? Could it be de-arched to qualify for more events, or is the rear track too wide for that? Is it DVLA registered as historic and MOT’d? Also, which events the car has done since the rebuild would be interesting.

David Killin
David Killin

Hi Robert the car has a UK historic passport with those arches on it which means it can be used in any historic rally in the uk
This car has just gone through a bare metal rebuild which took approx 4 years and has not competed in any events since
Because of its age the car is both tax and mot exempt
I have photos of the spares package so if you send me your email address I will forward them to you
Thanks for your interest


Thanks, my email is:

£4,000 bid by doveyte2800 18.07.2021 @ 14:16:38

Hi David, could you give details of the following please ? :- engine spec (head, camshaft, carb size, block internals, exhaust manifold, and when it was last rebuilt), gearbox, axle & whether it has an LSD and the ratio, brake set up, Front spring poundage.
Many thanks

David Killin
David Killin

Hi , will try to answer The engine is cih with a high lift camshaft Ultra big valve head with ports matched to hand made exhaust manifold With the head being very rare Sweden head the complete engine developing 193 bhp on genuine 1.9 block The engine has only done 2 tests on tarmac as per the rest of the car The engine came fully rebuilt from Birkbeck motorsport, they are well known and respected Rear axle is 5.1 ratio with lsd Both the bilsteins and springs from Birkbeck as well specifically for gravel but there are other springs in… Read more »

£1,000 bid by sp00ky 15.07.2021 @ 12:54:54

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