Contributing to the GT's sleek style are its pivoting headlights. Rumor has it these headlights were part of the design to meet US Department of Transportation regulations: with them the GT can wear a low, aerodynamic hood but still meet the height regulations for headlights. They turn on via a big lever located on the center console which requires a notoriously large amount of effort to activate.
In Europe the base GT was powered by a meager 1078cc four cylinder, though buyers could opt for the Opel Rekord's 1897cc. Deemed too anemic few 1078cc GTs found homes and Opel phased out the engine in 1970. To fill the bottom-level gap the 1078cc left in the GT lineup Opel offered the GT/J, a variant powered by the same 1897cc but with less standard equipment, thus cheaper. The engine transmitted power to the rear wheels through either a four speed manual or a three speed automatic. Vacuum-assisted front disc brakes and rear drum brakes offered effective braking without requiring the driver to put all his weight on the pedal.
Approximately 70% of the 103,463 GTs built took a ferry to the US where they were sold through Buick dealers. The example below was photographed in a Salt Lake City junkyard.
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