The Opel GT remains as one of the most influential German sports car designs of the 20th century, holding a small, but strong niche of owners. However, Vauxhall almost had its own GT, too.
In 1966, Vauxhall had cooked up the XVR concept. Except, it was never even revealed to the public, according to Car Design News. Vauxhall completed the design in 1966, but then immediately decided it was much too complicated to ever put into production, so it was forgotten.
The 1966 XVR features a decidedly C3 Corvette look to it, but features gullwing doors. The concept was intially built to flex Vauxhall’s innovation muscles with the opening of its Design and Engineering Center in Luton, UK.
Now retired GM Vice President of Global Design, Ed Welburn, and Opel-Vauxhall lead designer Mark Adams took to the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed to finally reveal the striking Vauxhall concept that never was.
Despite never reaching production, Opel came to the rescue. Vauxhall became aware of Opel’s intentions to develop a GT for production in 1969, likely not helping the XVR’s business case.