SOTW: Opel Monza


It’s a recurring theme with sheds. One minute the streets seem to be littered with this car or that car, and then one day you turn around and they are all gone. Step forward the Opel Monza. Like the Manta they used to be a fairly common sight on our roads but I can’t honestly say the last time I saw one. A bit like proper Christmas tree light LCD instruments – whatever happened to them? It looks like they disappeared with the Monza, which had good old-fashioned digital instruments twinkling in its dashboard.

It was with some surprise then that we stumbled across this mint-looking Monza this morning, and a 3.0 GSE at that. The Monza was originally Opel’s stab at the Mercedes CE and BMW 6 Series market, although it was more of a weak poke because, perhaps unsurprisingly, although these cars were popular it could never really compete on desirability.


They were born in the late seventies, covered in chrome and looked pretty dull. It was the Series 2 that was best remembered which was a far more handsome beast, featuring colour-coded plastic bumpers, larger front lights, no chrome and a digital clock. The Monza really got in its stride in 1983 though, with the unveiling of the GSE model. Digital dashboard? Check. Anthracite wheels? Check. Recaro seats? Check. This was to be part of the recipe for sporting Vauxhalls to come.

What had started off as something of an ugly duckling, by the mid-eighties the Monza had come of age. That 3.0-litre had 180bhp, pushing the Monza to 60mph in 9.0seconds and on to 133mph. In the end, the GSE was the Monza that Opel always wanted to build and it sold very well as a result. The one that we found on autotrader has just 98,000 miles, almost a year’s MOT, comes in the all-important white. It is one of the last of the GSEs, looks to be in great nick, and would be on your drive for £995. To some it may be a big old tacky Vauxhall, but for me it is utterly desirable…

Ad says: 1986 C Reg OPEL Monza 3.0 GSE


3 Doors, Automatic, Coupe, Petrol, 98,000 miles, White, MOT-03-2009. ABS, Adjustable seats, Adjustable steering column/wheel, Alloy wheels, Central locking, Cloth upholstery, Colour coding - Body, Electric windows, Head restraints, Power assisted steering, Radio, Spoiler, Sports seats, Sunroof, Tinted glass, Towbar, TRADE CAR CENTRE 01752 260001. Insurance Group:14, room needed so to clear at this price £995

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  • LordFlathead 23 Apr 2013

    I think it was somewhere around the front nearside sill where it meets the inner wing. The two pipe like things are actually the side repeater wires.. that threw me for a while as I thought it was a fuel line and filter!

    Here's a few more gritty pics eek It was rotten as a pear there and needed a lot of fabrication in some tricky areas.





    Rear arch was non-existent so required a new arch fabricating from scratch. This before picture only just started to reveal how bad it was.



    "If in doubt, cut it out" Boy that ended up costing me hehe I should have asked him to fabricate a new car it would have been cheaper boxedin

  • B'stard Child 23 Apr 2013

    LordFlathead said:
    B'stard Child said:
    Sheesh this took some finding can't believe it wasn't in my bookmarks

    Now you have a set of ABS sensors where are you with this Simon biggrin
    I've just found this original thread, had the same problem as I marginally changed my profile name in keeping with the one of the original post. So I lost my bookmarks and had to start over. Can you ping me your number again via PM? Lot's to update !! smile
    Check yer spam folder wink

    LordFlathead said:
    Meanwhile... bad things were found!

    I guess the old saying that if something seems to good to be true then it generally is should be applied here. On the outside the Monza looked fairly respectable but after a failed MOT that pointed out one small hole, further investigation was required.

    I can't work out where that picture is (in relation to the Monza)

  • LordFlathead 20 Apr 2013

    B'stard Child said:
    Sheesh this took some finding can't believe it wasn't in my bookmarks

    Now you have a set of ABS sensors where are you with this Simon biggrin
    Time for another Holy Thread Resurrection!

    I've just found this original thread, had the same problem as I marginally changed my profile name in keeping with the one of the original post. So I lost my bookmarks and had to start over. Can you ping me your number again via PM? Lot's to update !! smile

    Meanwhile... bad things were found!

    I guess the old saying that if something seems to good to be true then it generally is should be applied here. On the outside the Monza looked fairly respectable but after a failed MOT that pointed out one small hole, further investigation was required.



  • B'stard Child 14 May 2012

    Lord Flathead said:
    Hi Derek wavey

    I sent you a PM via ebay before Christmas about some front ABS sensors, did you get it/have you got any? The other odd thing is that I was in Lands End in October on holiday and I could have picked up that unleaded big valve head you had too. Don't need the head anymore but do need the ABS sensors.

    Oh and welcome to PH, you will fit right in here thumbup
    Sheesh this took some finding can't believe it wasn't in my bookmarks

    Now you have a set of ABS sensors where are you with this Simon biggrin

  • Lord Flathead 03 Jan 2011

    Hi Derek wavey

    I sent you a PM via ebay before Christmas about some front ABS sensors, did you get it/have you got any? The other odd thing is that I was in Lands End in October on holiday and I could have picked up that unleaded big valve head you had too. Don't need the head anymore but do need the ABS sensors.

    Oh and welcome to PH, you will fit right in here thumbup

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