OPEL MONZA 3.0E SUPERB EXAMPLE FROM A COLLECTABLE LIMITED BUILD OF JUST 108 CARS
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Pending offersDate: 2014-04-27
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Technical specifications, photos and description:
An opportunity to acquire the rarest and. some say. the best Model of Opel Monza ever made.
A 1981 3. 0E from a short production run. that was to become known as the series one and a half (1. 5). that was manufactured between the series A1 and the face-lifted series A2.
Just 108 of these cars were sold in the UK. Most of which were the standard car with automatic transmission.
A few though were factory fitted with the Sports pack. The 3. 0E 'S'.
Today it is the very desirable 3. 0E 'S' series 1. 5 that is the rarest and most highly sought after Monza by enthusiasts
Offered here is one of the very few remaining examples left in the UK.
Presented in outstanding unmolested original condition. never welded with all of its originally fitted panels and the vast majority of its factory paint finish.
47. 00 miles. with MOT's back to the eighties.
Remarkably rust free. Clearly cherished by its previous owners and suffering none of the usual corrosion problems associated with Monza's.
A beautiful looking coupe very. very Rare a collectors dream and an absolute sure fire investment if ever we saw one!
The Monza was planned as a successor to Opel's large and luxurious Commodore Coupé.
Unlike the commodore though which was also available as in a saloon version the Monza was always destined for the emerging 2 door coupe market and was aimed as direct competition to the Mercedes W126 and the BMW 6 series coupe's
Work began in 1976 and the first Monza's (series A1) were in the showrooms by 1978.
An attractive and sporty looking car with plenty of space inside for a coupe the enormous seats left you with a feeling of sitting in a much more up market brand than Opel.
Early engines however were the dated Opel 2. 0. 2. 5 and 2. 8. Gear boxes were the 3 speed Borg Warner automatic Opel's with a 4 speed manual. again dated. rather than the 5 speed that the car should have had. All of which left buyers with a feeling of owning one of the best looking. well equipped. spacious and most comfortable modern coupe's of the era but feeling let down by outdated engines and gear boxes and an interior from the Opel Rekord - that lacked that little something extra special.
This was all to change in the early eighties with a full facelift imminent. the A2 series. The top of the range car became the 3. 0E 'S' using the newly developed and superb 3. 0 injection engine. Opel turned to gearbox producer Getrag for a 5 speed box. the outstanding 265 which was the only manual gear box used with the 3. 0E. With the 3. 0 litre engine. the Monza was at the time the fastest car Opel had ever built.
The 'S' represented the Sports package which as well the 'S' motif on the front wings gave you15" Ronal alloy wheels. a 45% Limited Slip Differential. manual gearbox and factory sports suspension.
Prior to the full launch of the A2 series Opel built a limited number of Monza's that took the best of the A1 series and combined it with some of the forthcoming improvements that were to be made to the A2 including the re styled interior. Only 108 of these cars in total across all models were sold in the UK. Very few of these were the 3. 0E fewer still cars with the desirable Sports or 'S' pack and only a hand full of those with the Getrag 5 speed manual gearbox.
These 108 limited build cars became known as series one and a half or 1. 5.
Today as you may expect with so few built. 33 years or so later. very few remain and they are the rarest of all the Monza's. They are referred to affectionately by Opel enthusiasts simply as "hens teeth" The most sought after is the highly desirable 3. 0E 'S'. of course. with the Getrag 5 speed gearbox. Trouble is they rarely come on the market because anyone who has one will know what a rare and collectable car they have and that their values have risen of late and are set to sore in the coming years.
So if you have the chance to acquire one. especially one in outstanding original unmolested condition. you should take it because it may well be a very long time before you get offered such an opportunity again.
UFL 100X is an example of the most sought after and rarest of the Monza series 1. 5. A 3. 0E 'S' with 5 speed manual.
Supplied new on the 13 October 1981. and first registered in their name. by Vauxhall Opel dealers B&H Motors of High Road. Whetstone. London. This Monza is clearly a car that has been cherished all of its life.
Registered in another dealers name before entering private ownership with a Farmer in January 1984 who kept UFL 100X for 2 years before it was acquired by a court officer for his private use in February 1986. He was to own the car for just 5 months before it sadly had to be sold.
A new owner acquired UFL 100X in July 1986 and a cherished number was transferred to it in the following May. In April 2007 title to the Monza and the cherished number passed to the that owners son.
In 2009 the Monza was acquired by its last owner. an Opel Monza enthusiast who put his own cherished registration number on it.
There are invoices in the history file that show during the last owners care UFL 100X had new tyres. battery. brake callipers. service items. discs. Kenlow Fan. and part exhaust etc.
As we say UFL 100X is evidently a car that has been cherished since new.
Today the recorded mileage is 47. 00 and there are MOT's back to 1989 when the mileage was 42. 90. All the MOT's since show an annual mileage of on average of just a few hundred. In fact often less than a hundred miles per annum.
This year UFL 100X. the Monza's original registration number. was reunited with the car.
Anthracite Grey metallic just suits this car so well.
The vast majority of the paint finish is original and we can only find signs of aged localised paint only rectification in one or two small areas.
There are no signs of any rectification to the body work in these places and we would imagine that they were the result only of minor parking mishaps.
The car is remarkable rust free and the only sign of any surface only and very superficial oxidation is just below the last 3 letters on Monza on the tail gate were it has been touched in with a small brush.
Overall the paint finish retains a fantastic lustre.
Any blemishes. very light scratches. and stone chips mainly just lacquer deep only. but of which there are a few. have been touched in with a touch up brush as they occurred. Which would explain its overall excellent condition today.
Door. boot and bonnet shuts are excellent.
No welding has ever been carried out and none is required.
As we say there are no signs of body filler being used or bodywork ever being carried out.
The interior is exemplary and supports the low mileage.
The crushed velour on the seats is virtually unmarked. There is a tiny burn on the driver's seat but it is in hidden in a pleat so can hardly be seen.
The carpets are in excellent condition and are not marked or stained.
The rear seats are unmarked and look as though they have hardly been used.
The matching fawn perforated headlining is perfect as are the door cards.
Everything works as it should including the windows and slide and tilt electric roof.
There is the standard Philips turn lock radio cassette
UNDER THE BONNET
The engine bay as you may expect for 47. 00 miles.
It is exceptionally clean with original stickers still in place.
Original sound deadening still in place.
ON THE ROAD
For new tyres that we should think have done less than a couple of thousand miles.
ULF 100X starts on the button with automatic choke.
On the road it performs without fault and just drives so well.
The power steering is a delight and the gears change up and down just as they should.
The Monza is a very comfortable and roomy Coupe and. we almost hate to say. is far more enjoyable and seems quicker than a 3. 0. L Capri that we recently sold.
1. V5C showing 6 previous owners but of course 2 of those were dealers. a father and son and one only had the car for 5 months.
2. MOT until March 2014
3. 20 old MOT's
4. some old tax discs
5. old invoices
6. receipt on court embossed letter paper when the third owner sold the car
7. Copies of DVLA past log books. owners and cherished transfer paper work
8. spare keys with rare master key and original aerial key.
ULF 100X is in fantastic original unmolested condition.
There is a copy in the history file of Auto Car Weekly dated December 2009 around the time the last owner bought the car. It the publication is a feature on Monza's.
Under the what to look for section in that feature is a list of common problems. In the main they say that you should pay close attention to these body areas. Suspension top mounts. rear suspension trailing arms. fuel tanks. sills. wheel arches. door bottoms. rear quarter panels. around the headlights and the sunroof. We can report that all these areas are absolutely perfect.
Auto Car weekly ask it that edition "Should I buy one" their answer "Most definitely yes"
ULF 100X is a very rare car being one of only 108 series 1. 5 sold in the UK.
It is. without doubt the most highly desirable and sought after model of this series and certainly one of the best remaining original examples.
We are used to offering some of the classic cars most likely to increase in value over the coming years.
Make no mistake ULF 100X will top our list of investable classics.
If you bought a basket case to have professionally restored by the time it was finished it would owe you in excess of £10k. Our reserve for the far more valuable investment of an original car and the rare 1. 5 series is set below half of that figure.
We will. of course. be happy for serious buyers to view the car by appointment and with reasonable notice. although we will always do our best to accommodate. prior to auction end. However. please bear in mind the expected final price above.
If you are unsure of being able to acquire the relevant funds equal to the expected final price you should question. for both our sakes. whether you should come to view.
Please be sure that this is the vehicle that you want before you bid. If you have any doubt come and see it first or at the very least telephone. However. if you require someone else to sanction the purchase. i. e. your wife's permission. please get it before you come to view.
If you do want to view or ask for any more information please call David. on 07771 567567 or e-mail via ebay. We really are very approachable and welcome any questions about the vehicle.
ORIGINAL V RESTORED - OUR VIEW
We endeavour. on the whole. to offer original. genuine. exceptionally low mileage and unrestored cars from the 1970. and 1980. .
Almost all cars from this era have had a little paint rectification carried out at some time during their 20-40 years. However there is. of course. a huge difference between rectification of paint work and total vehicle restoration.
Paint rectification at the factory post production line or. indeed. by the supplying dealer was common in the 70's and 80's when most cars were sprayed by hand as opposed to today's automated processes. From time to time we will offer a car that has had some paint rectification for these reasons or perhaps to localised areas following parking mishaps etcetera.
Occasionally we may offer a car that has had rather more paint rectification although we will always endeavour to make this known in the description. It will be very rare however for us to offer a car that has had a full restoration. and only then if we have satisfied ourselves of the quality of the work.
It is becoming extremely difficult to obtain an unrestored 20-40 year old car. By and large they were just not built to last in the 70's and 80's. However. if you do find an original example that's survived the chances are that. if looked after. it should last for many more years. after all it will only have lasted this long because it will have had little use and been extraordinarily well cared for previously. The same. unfortunately. is far less likely to be able to be said for a car that has under gone renovation.
We think that you simply cannot beat a straight original example of any item. There is a school of thought that believes that if you take something apart and then put it back together you are just recreating that item in a false attempt to make it as it was in its former glory. and that no matter how well a vehicle has been restored it can only be original once.
Whereas we know that many restorations are done to the highest standards we believe that there are far more that are not. Who really knows what skulduggery may lie beneath a car that has possibly covered hundreds of thousands of miles then been restored at least one time or maybe even more than once! In our view if a car has required restoration then by default it must have become worn out. tired and have most probably been neglected.
It is interesting to note that of late we have sold some of our finest original quality cars to some of that particular Marques top and best known restorers - not for them to restore but for them to keep! Even they know. in their hearts. that one thing is for sure - a car that has been the subject of restoration. no matter how good will. almost with out exception. lack the spirit and soul of an original example and probably cost 3 times as much to complete and be worth less than half the an original example when done!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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The vehicle is in South West Oxfordshire. 15 minutes from the A34 at Oxford (M40 from London or Birmingham) or 20 minutes from Swindon East Junction of the M4.
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Please be sure that this is the vehicle that you want. that you are happy with and understand the description. that you understand the rules of ebay and that you have read these terms and conditions.
We have included a full and honest description and photographs which many people will feel happy to buy from. The description endeavours to be as informative as practically possible but is not. obviously. meticulous with regard to every individual part or area of the vehicle and is intended to represent an overview and not a thorough condition assessment report.
Please remember that all vehicles deteriorate as soon as they leave the factory. just some to a lesser degree than others. This is not a new vehicle and common sense. giving consideration to its age and mileage. should prevail. Any references to condition should be taken in the context of age of vehicle.
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Finally so confident are we that our description is a fair representation of the vehicle that if. on collection. it is not and there are obvious serious imperfections or serious faults. not previously mentioned. we will not expect you to proceed. However please do not interpret this genuine good practice offer as a way out of not paying. or paying less for a vehicle that you have legally bought for the amount bid at the auction end.
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You will be able to take the vehicle on an accompanied test drive before you pay for it but will only be able to not proceed if you find a major mechanical fault that has not been mentioned in the description.
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Far be it for us to tell you how to go about bidding. However. over the years we have had some bitterly disappointed bidders who placed there best and final bid just to late.
We understand why you might leave your bidding until the final few seconds however please at least make sure that you are signed in to your ebay account. one of our customers recently missed a car that he had searched for for years because when he went to bid he had been logged out and had not left himself time to re enter his password!
It may be to your advantage to take independent advice on the best way to bid. You are welcome to call 07771 567567 after the auction end should your bid not have been successful.
Reserve and buy it now price
As is the way with auctions. we will not normally divulge the reserve price or issue a buy it now price. if we do from time to time we will state so in the description.
In fairness to all bidders we will not end the auction early and let it run its course. except on the very rear occasion of the vehicle being advertised elsewhere.
Please. do not ask what the reserve is set at we really are unable to say any more about the reserve than we already have under the value section.
If you are the winner
The Successful bidder should contact us within 12 hours of auction end. Preferably by email. via ebay. and by telephone 07771 567567.
An invoice will be issued for the full amount via ebay with instructions how to pay the deposit via Paypal.
All buyers must pay a £200 Deposit via Paypal or cash within 24 hours of end of auction.
In all cases the balances. after the £200 deposit above or any additional deposit below. must be paid within 7 days of auction end.
The total Balance to be paid by Cash U. K pounds on collection or bank transfer prior to collection. We will transfer the money back should we not proceed for misrepresentation reasons as outlined above.
If you are unable to provide the above we will require an additional deposit of 10% of the sale price paid in cash or via Paypal within 48 hours of the auction end. You will then be able to give us a personal cheque or bankers draft provided they are drawn on a U. K bank either of these will need to be cleared and funds drawn against them prior to the vehicle being released. Sorry there can be no exceptions and deposits are not refundable.
The vehicle must be collected within 7 days of auction end unless otherwise agreed. We will assist you with collection where we can and will email full directions on how to find us.
Please give us as much notice of required collection time and date as possible. If you are delayed its not normally a problem please just let us know. We would ask that you ring us when you are an hour or so away from us.
We reserve the right to charge for storage if the vehicle is not collected within 7 days of auction end.
We do check our vehicles over before sale but please remember that the vehicles we sell often are many years old and some of them have had none or very little recent use. Occasionally things can unexpectedly go wrong. Allow plenty of time for your journey. especially if you are catching a ferry and it may be a good idea to have AA or RAC cover. this is not a reflection on this particular car just good general advice for any older/classic car user.
We are happy to pickup the buyer from Oxford or Swindon Station; delivery of the vehicle or collection of the buyer from elsewhere may be possible at extra cost – just ask. We will always try to be flexible and help where we can
AIRPORTS. Provided that the reserve price has been met we do offer a collection service from Birmingham. Luton. Heathrow or Bristol Airports. subject to suitable times. We charge a nominal £25. 00 for this. For costs where the reserve has not been met or other locations please enquire.
Delivery. we do have a tow vehicle and are able to hire a trailer big enough for most cars. please enquire.
Non paying bidders will be reported to ebay and may be referred to an international debt collection agency.
The successful bidder should ensure that the vehicle is insured by them at auction end.
Bidders from outside the U. K. welcome but please call before bidding.
Descriptions. terms conditions and pictures used in this listing are copyrighted and my not be used without the authors express permission.
Items bought at auction do not have warranty.
You will not be disappointed with this vehicle so please start your bidding now- best of Luck.
On 11-Sep-13 at 06:54:31 BST. seller added the following information:
We forgot to mention the boot!
The boot trim and carpets are all in excellent condition.
There is a full. complete and unused Opel tool roll which is in the large removable compartment on the near side.
The Ronal alloy spare is in good condition and still has its factory fitted P6 tyre.
The parcel shelf is in excellent condition and the tail gate stays up as it should.
The spare wheel well is perfect with no signs of corrosion.
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Comments and questions to the seller:from ARNOLD Henry, dated 14 november 2018
Hi is the car still available ?
from Neville, dated 27 december 2017
I don't understand this site. Is the car still for sale or not? If not, why is it still listed? I owned an Opel Ascona B from same dealer, with reg ULF85X, now rusting away in a field in Ireland somewhere
from Dermot, dated 09 october 2017
Is the car still for sale? Dermot, Ireland
from Garry, dated 08 september 2017
I purchased car in 2013.
May sell if you are very interested . Car is regularly run/ serviced during Summers and always garaged. Mileage approx 52,000 now. Has NCT ( Irish equivalent of MOT) yearly. Always passes without advisories.
from Paul Spencer, dated 20 march 2017
Is this car still available for sale?
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