Bitter CD car range
|Engine:||5.4 liters (169 kW)|
|Wheelbase :||2680 mm|
|Curb weight :||1750 kg|
The Bitter CD was a sports car manufactured by the German car manufacturer Bitter from autumn 1973 to the end of 1979 , which combined American and German technology with a hatchback body in Italian style.
The Bitter CD concept goes back to the Intermeccanica Italia , a sports car made in Turin with plastic body, which was equipped with drive technology from Ford . This vehicle, intended primarily for the American market, has been imported to Germany since 1969 by Erich Bitter . Bitter made some changes to the chassis for the German market.
The idea of providing Italia with technology from General Motors in 1970 could not be put into practice, as Italia, whose design dates back to 1963, did not allow such far-reaching changes. Instead, Bitter and Costruzione Automobili Intermeccanica developed a new model, the Intermeccanica Indra , which was designed as a step and hatchback Coupé as well as a convertible and on the technical components of the Opel Diplomatbased. Although the Austrian engineer Friedrich "Fritz" Indra drives an Indra himself, he was not involved in the development, as is occasionally claimed. Depending on the source, the model name can be traced back to the Hindu goddess Indra or to a hit by Udo Jürgens.
The vehicle was still manufactured in Turin and sold as Intermeccanica. Bitter was responsible for sales in Europe, but was dissatisfied early with what he considered to be the inadequate quality standard of Italian bodywork. This resulted in 1971 Bitters decision to offer their own, very similar designed car in the future. Opel supported the project from the beginning, as the coupe was suitable to give their own products more prestige .
The Bitter CD was developed by Erich Bitter in close cooperation with Opel and the Stuttgart body manufacturer Baur . Opel not only provided the drive technology of the Opel Diplomat , but was also involved in the pre-development of the self-supporting body. The details of the development work were carried out at Baur.
The body design of the CD has several fathers. The basis of the design was a study by Opel's former design chief Charles "Chuck" Jordan, which provided a long bonnet, a concise passenger compartment positioned far back and a hatchback; a special feature of the car was a unit of windshield, roof and side panels, which was folded up and allowed in place of conventional doors to access the interior.
The vehicle based on Opel Diplomat technology in 1969 at the International Automobile Exhibition shown in Frankfurt as "Coupe Diplomat" and made there a stir so that the Italian designer Pietro Frua was tasked to develop a production-ready version of this design . Fruas Design was presented as "Frua CD" at the Paris Motor Show in 1970 and extensively tested by Opel in the following period. For this design designed Opel designers in cooperation with Erich Bitters ultimately the hatchback body of the Bitter CD, which in its layout and in numerous details Giorgetto Giugiaro Maserati Ghibli reminded , The degree of influence, the Erich Bitter actually took on the shape of the coupe is disputed in detail . In detail, numerous components of Opel were used; the taillights, however, came from the Fiat 124 Coupe (as with the Lamborghini Espada or the Iso Fidia ) .
The Bitter CD was presented to the public in September 1973 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as Bitter Diplomat CD. The addition "Diplomat" was later omitted on multiple customer request. The selling price was 60,000 DM. After completion of the IAA Bitter had received about 200 orders for his CD. As a result of the First Oil Crisis later sprang many buyers off again. Nevertheless, Bitter managed to sell 70 CDs in the first year of production, while at the same time established competitors such as Iso Rivolta or Jensen filed for bankruptcy or were threatened with bankruptcy.
The Bitter CD is based technically on the Opel Diplomat B it was, like this, equipped with a 5.4 -liter eight-cylinder engine from Chevrolet , but not in the American version, but in the processing stage, which was also used in the large Opel Diplomat. He had an output of 169 kW (230 DIN PS).
The Bitter CD was produced by Baur in Stuttgart. The production ended in the late autumn of 1979, the last CD until the mid-1980 were delivered.
The reason for the end of the CD was the production of the Opel Diplomat in July 1977, which gradually led to a bottleneck in the parts supply. Overall, the Bitter CD produced 395 in total.