Long before BMW and Audi started building "8s" (850 & R8), Bitter, based on his experience with Intermeccanica, saw a need for a car with "exotic" looks but with reliable running gear. In 1973, he introduced the CD, a stunning looking car based on the Opel Diplomat and powered by a Chevy 327ci V8. He built 395, before ending production in 1979.
In 1979 Bitter introduced this car, the SC. Based on an Opel Senator platform, it was powered by a 3.0 or 3.9 liter Opel I6. General Motors was impressed enough by the car to enter into a US distribution agreement with Bitter. Bitters were to be sold through select Buick dealers. A few were sold in the US before the agreement collapsed. At one point Isuzu announced that it would distribute the car in the US, but that deal fell through before any Bitters made it into Isuzu showrooms.
Bitter succeeded in making an exotic looking car (it looks a lot like a Ferrari 400i) with durable running gear, but the SC never sold well. Between 1979 and 1989 less than 500 SCs were built (461 Coupes, 22 Convertibles and 5 Sedans.)
This car appears to be in nice shape. Bitters were prone to rust around the windshield, but this one looks clean. The interiors could also be fragile, but the interior in this car looks clean and intact.
The Bitter SC is one of those cars I crave. I love its looks and, while it's not the fastest car you can buy, the drivetrain is simple and easy to work on. The Opel parts are still readily available in Europe.
The best thing about Bitters are their price. They don't sell for much. This one is being offered for $11,400.00. There are very few cars that offer exotic good looks and super-exclusivity for that kind of money.
Located in Staten Island, NY, click here to see the eBay listing.