History & Accomplishments
(In no particular order)
- Opels Unlimited has been in business for over 14 years and
during that time has become the backbone of the Opel Service and
Parts industry in California and most of the entire U.S and Canada.
- Opels Unlimiteds' inventory is unmatched by any of their competition.
They carry parts for everything from the 1957-1963 Olympia Rekords
to the 1976-1980 Buick Opel/Isuzu (and its sister the 1981 Isuzu
I-Mark). They are especially stocked with parts for the Opel
GT and Opel Manta. For those cars in particular they have everything.
- They have almost every part in original N.O.S. (New Old Stock)
condition, from rubber parts, trim parts, gas caps, rear tail
strips, to even the rare side marker lights.
- Opels Unlimited has over 14,000 sq. ft. of storage area for
Opel parts. In that 14,000 sq.ft. they have over 500 stripped
Opels. They directly buy cars from "pick-a-part" junkyards,
automobile salvage yards, personal owners, just about any where
and from anyone they can, 24 hours a day.
- Examples of what and where they have purchased over the years.
Purchased the millionaire McBrydes Collection and motivated over
14 people to haul some 20 plus cars out from Nevada back to California.
This trip cost us in excess of $30,000. More recently we have
gone to Oklahoma and purchased Shady Nook Imports, and a while
there also collected Opels from other local Oklahoma junkyards.
During the six week period we were there the Opels Unlimited
crew cut-up and brought back over 56 Opels. This was the most
difficult buy ever done by us, especially since Shady Nook had
been in business for over 15 years serving the needs of Opel owners
in the Oklahoma and Texas area. Other significant buy outs that
Opels Unlimited has done include: A-Sport Auto Wrecking in Fontana,
CA; Jimmys' Opel in LA; Bayer Opel industries in Brea, CA;
The collection of Opel parts from J.C. Whitneys' inventory (Probably
always wondered to yourself where all those parts went, huh?);
Willes' Opel Salvage in OK; Wilfer Douchers' Collection (Over
14 cars) in Reno, NV; West Coast Opel Parts in San Diego, CA;
Last but not least the Opel Drivers Club of America (the personal
cars and all the Opel history and mailing lists). As you can
see Opels Unlimited will go to great lengths to purchase large
caches of parts and cars. If you know of any be sure to call
us about them.
- They have on display and for sale over 30 Opels at a time.
Once again anything from a 1957 Olympia Caravan to a 1980 Opel/Isuzu.
Some of the more notable Opels on display are: A Gullwing GT
imported from Germany (only one of the three of its kind), Todds'
newly developed Stage Four GT, a 1975 Manta complete with a working
factory sunroof, a mint condition 1964 Kaddett "A",
a 1967 Kadett Rallye (w/ special European taillights), and of
course the original Stage 3 GT ( Todds' personal GT). These aren't
the only Opels displayed in the showroom. In the showroom you
will often find many other restored Opels that are for sale, while
out front you will find a good collection of Opels that while
not restored are good starting points for someone that wants to
restore a Opel himself.
- They also have on display and for sale over 100 directly imported
keychains, die-cast metal cars, plaster toy cars, book ends,
patches, mugs, T-shirts, jewelry, and many other miscellaneous
collectible Opel items.
- Opels Unlimited as been in the fore front of designing and
setting the standards for Stage equipment. Starting in 1986 with
the Stage 2 car was developed. This stage required investing
time figuring out exactly what were the best ignition components,
adding a Weber 32/36 Carburetor, adding a special spring and bushings
to the car to improve the handling of the GT, and lastly researching
a cam profile that could get the most out of a Opel engine and
keep it streetable. While these modifications worked wonders on
the GT, around 1989 it was felt that even more could be done.
So, back to the garage Todd went in search of the Stage 3 set-up.
Then about a year ago Todd felt that while the stage 3 set-up
was killer, it could use just a little more tweaking and he invented
Stage 4. It just keeps getting better and better each year.
For a complete listing of the exact stage standards consult the
Opel Enthusiast Club Opel News newsletter.
- They are able to completely restore any Opel, as they do the
bodywork, engines, interior, smog, glass, rubber, and performance
equipment for all Opels. They have done many restorations and
would look forward to doing yours.
- In their service area they have the capability to everything
from oil changes, engine swaps, to tire mounting and alignments
for your Opel. They also have done and can guarantee to be able
to get your Opel to pass the ultra tough "Smog" inspections
here in California.
- Opels Unlimited has spent a great deal of money investing
in our Opel customers. For the last ten years we have spent thousands
on sending pictures of events and cars, Newsletters packed with
tech information and specials, we also printed our original catalog
in 1986 and have been reprinting it till this catalog was complete,
sent out videos of events and our facilities, have printed our
own calendars, and sent out other free goodies to all of our over
3000 customers. Speaking of our videos, we have produced specific
videos showing all the efforts that went into going to Oklahoma
and bringing all those parts back, Our showrooms, Our storage
yards, different Opel meets from Carlisle. PA last year to some
of the German Opel meets we have been to.
- Lastly Opels Unlimited has started the Opel Enthusiast Club.
Which is a extension of the work Opels Unlimited has done over
the last 14 years for its customers. Now with a club and officers
even more information and newsletters can go out to our customers
in a even better way then before. The club will now produce the
videos, the newsletters, and all the other things that Todd used
to try to do on his own. Club members also will be getting members
only offers that could easily save you more than the $50 one time
cost of joining the club. We expect nothing but good things in
the future and if you join us, you too can enjoy all the benefits.
- After all these years and all the competition. Opels Unlimited
can still say we are "Your One Stop Opel Shop" with
everything you need in stock and we can beat anyones prices on
anything. Remember the motto "If you bought it somewhere
else you paid to much"
You can Email Us at OpelsUnlimited@excite.com
Or better yet call us at (909)-355-6735
Best times are from 1pm - 7pm PST