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Bitter

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Erich Bitter, a former professional racing driver, founded Bitter Automobil GmbH in 1971, marking a significant turn from his successful but challenging stint with Italian carmaker Intermeccanica. Bitter’s initial venture, the Bitter CD, launched in 1973, was a grand tourer built upon the robust underpinnings of the Opel Diplomat but adorned with a body crafted by the renowned coachbuilder Baur. This model reflected Bitter’s philosophy of combining reliable mechanics with exquisite design and luxury. Despite its initial popularity, the oil crisis of the 1970s made its large-displacement engine less appealing, and production ceased in 1979 after nearly 390 units.

The 1980s saw the introduction of the Bitter SC, based on the Opel Senator, which featured a similarly elegant approach but with improved performance and various body styles, including a rare four-wheel drive version. Production of the SC continued until 1986, with around 450 units produced. Financial challenges in the early 1990s led to the brand’s quiet period until a brief revival in the 2000s with models like the Vero, based on Australian Holden cars. This model, however, sold poorly despite its luxury positioning.

Today, Bitter still holds a niche appeal among classic car enthusiasts, known for its unique blend of American muscle mechanics and European styling. The brand’s commitment to minimalism and luxury is encapsulated in its elegant, understated logo, reflecting its roots in quality and design excellence. The Bitter story is a tale of a brand that consistently strived to fuse performance with luxury, albeit often ahead of its time.

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