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Bitter SC FAQ

This is a very generic FAQ that I created with the questions that people normally ask me in e-mail.  Hopefully this helps you!

  1. Is the Bitter SC a reliable car?
    Yes, at least for me!  No major problems have haunted me.  Since the purchased the car in 1987, the only major repair needed was to replace a dried up seal on the transmission.  This was mainly due to the fact that the car would often sit for 6 months during the winter, without being driven.  This eventually caused the seal to dry up.  Other then that, an oil change every 2000-3000 miles, and gas is needed to run.

  2. Is it hard to find parts?
    It depends on the part.  General maintenance parts (pads, filters, seals, plugs) are easily located.  Body panels and glass are a little harder to come by due to the rarity of the vehicle.

  3. Ok, so now where do I get these parts?
    Their are a couple of sites on the internet that sell parts. See my Bitter resource links and you'll find all the information you need.

  4. Is it true that there are a lot of American parts in the Bitter?
    Yes. Believe it or not, the car is a mix of many different brands.  Just from my own observations, the Engine is a General Motors Inline 6 (3.9 liter), the chassis belongs to the Opel Senator.  I've even seen the BMW logo on the seat belts!

  5. Where can I find a Bitter SC?
    This one is a little tough.  I've often seen Bitter's for sale in Hemmings Motor News- it's a big yellow automobile for-sale listing. Try a search for "Bitter SC" on eBay, I've seen a Bitter SC come up on there every now and then.  Finally, just try a search on a major search engine for "Bitter SC".  Be sure to enclose "Bitter SC" in "quotes" otherwise it will pick up links for Beer sites.  

  6. How much is a Bitter worth nowadays?
    I've seen them selling for anywhere between $8,000 (US) and $20,000 depending on condition, year, and mileage.  It's really all up to the owner and what he/she thinks the car is worth.  It's priceless in my book, mainly because even after 20 years people don't know what it is!

  7. Are you willing to sell your Bitter?
    No. :)

  8. Is it fast?  How does it handle?
    For a 1985 car, the car is definitely quick.  The 0-60 time is between 7 and 8 seconds. The car has a lot of torque, so passing someone up on the highway is a breeze.  Sprints from 60mph - 100mph are quick, and top speed maxes out a little above 130mph.  The car feels a bit heavy, so you will definitely feel the body roll on turns.  This is more of a luxury sports coupe,  definitely not a sports car!