UNIQUE ÜBER OPEL
SUPER CLEAN CORSA 'A' PACKED WITH ULTRA RARE MODS…
Jens is something of a Corsa A aficionado. Prior to this little stunner his previous Opel was a Corsa A (or Nova if you must) saloon, which was well known in the German car tuning scene. But in 2007 the saloon made way for this hatch, and it’s already had several very different identities between then and now, as Jens strives to create something outstanding and different each year. One of its previous incarnations involved a supercharged C20XE which was eventually swapped for a more conventional turbo set-up.
While all that was great, and the Corsa was always impeccably turned out at the various Show and Shine contests throughout the country, he soon realized that focusing on big power builds probably wasn’t the wisest of ideas. After all what good is 300bhp if the car’s primary purpose is to look good? So along with his mates from LMS Customs Jens set about taking the Corsa back to basics in a quest to create a simple, yet perfect show stopper. It would be as much about what wasn’t fitted to the car, and it would focus on removing anything unnecessary. By doing this it would enhance the rare original components Jens had squirreled away over the preceding years.
But before any of this could take place, there was a more fundamental issue at stake – namely the bodyshell. While in great condition, time had taken its toll, and to make the ultimate show car there was only one thing Jens
could do – and that was to completely strip the car down, and start again, quite literally, from scratch. Thankfully Jens just happens to be a car restorer by trade, which is handy.
As the car was in generally good order with minimal rust Jens could focus his attention on the engine bay – it was always going to be the flagship feature of the car. Many an hour was spent smoothing, filling and cleaning until there was no hole, no seam, and no edge visible unless it was absolutely necessary.
And like a perfect frame around a work of art, Jens dropped in the Corsa’s new engine – a mint, and very oldschool 13SB complete with its most striking feature, the twin 45mm Dellorto carbs. But to get these fuelling behemoths to fit required Jens to delve into his parts stash and unearth an ultra rare IRESA manifold (Hands up, we’d never heard of one either!), with all the associated hoses from Earls, imported from the States. Equally rare is the camshaft, in this case one from Schleicher, a company more familiar to VW tuners. To complement the cams Jens obeyed the old school tuning practices by carrying out plenty of head work followed by a skim to increase the compression ratio.
To add to the clean look an alloy rad with integrated header tank lives in the engine bay, paired up with chrome pipes. It’s a looker, of that there is no doubt, but it also performs surprisingly well for a carb fed 1.3, and delivers around 120bhp.
Moving on to the exterior
“Air vents? Headunit slot? Yup, both have
you’ll continue to find the same attention to detail. The contemporary porcelain blue colour sets off the bronze glass a treat, and the removal of the passenger mirror, and wipers takes ‘cleaning’ to the next level. Practical it may not be but damn it looks good! Much in the same way we covet Euro taillights to remove the ‘ugly’ reversing light, Jens had fitted a UK light to give the same effect.
Now we couldn’t really mention the exterior without mentioning the wheels – they’re a real love ‘em or loathe ‘em mod – and are Jen’s favourite aspect of the whole build, not least because he made them! While they may look like pukka BBS fanblades Jens couldn’t find any no matter how many favours he called in, so there was only one solution – DIY! With hours spent milling components, and the grand total of 124 individual fins (hand cut on a table saw and each painstakingly deburred with a file) the covers were complete and bolted to a set of 6.5x16in steelies. So even if you’re not keen, you’ve got to respect the work involved.
Following on from the minimalist exterior the interior follows a similar path. We bet you’ll ‘double take’ when you check out the pics. Air vents? Headunit slot? Yup, both have been ‘removed’! To epitomize Jen’s level of OCD the rear screen came without the demisting element (which is exactly how he wanted it), but the fact that there was still a switch on the heater control panel drove him slowly insane, so he spent months tracking down the correct switch without the demist option. It took an equally long time to track down rear side panels that didn’t come with ashtrays in them. How many people will spot this at a show? Probably very few, but those in the know will undoubtedly give a nod of approval to his dedication. And that word, dedication also pops up when the seats are mentioned. Jens was desperate for a set out of a Corsa GT, but so rare were they that he ended up buying a complete car so he could relieve it of its chequered chairs!
Unusually, in many ways the best things about this Corsa are the features it doesn’t have. And for that we salute Jens and his incredible creation.
13SB engine features massive Dellorto carbs and some ultra rare components
Pared right back to basics, with a twist
Love ‘em or loathe ‘em turbofans were hand-made by Jens