SPOTTED: BITTER SC 3.0
If you appreciate the unappreciated then this rare slice of 80s luxury could be worth a punt
The SC is basically a homage to the Ferrari 400i, using Opel Senator running gear. That sounds desperately uninspiring, but the Senator was a cracking car and, with its 180hp straight-six, it gave performance which, in 1982, was above adequate.
Initially, the SC body was built by OCRA, but poor quality meant Herr Bitter switched to Maggiore in 1982. His website says OCRA built 79 shells - this being a 1982 car, it would probably be wise to check who made it. Mind you, if it was made from recycled Lancia Betas, it would probably be red dust by now.
The interest in the Bitter comes not from the way it drives, more in the way it looks and what it signifies - a time when it was possible to do this kind of thing. A time before crazy legislation and Euro-control.
On reflection, it would make the perfect car for a CAMRA roadshow.
BITTER SC 3.0
Engine: 2,968cc 6-cyl
Transmission: 5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 180@5,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 182lb ft@4,800rpm
First registered: 1982
Recorded mileage: 62,000
Price new: N/A
Yours for: £6,000
See the original advert here.