We’ve recently featured a few Opel Manta As on the pages of DT, so it should come as no surprise that we are fans of the often forgotten Manta. However, you should ask yourself: why is it that I don’t see many Manta’s on the road today? Perhaps it is the lackluster performance? Sloppy assembly that makes you yearn for Eastern European quality control? Or a chassis that attracts rust like an exposed thong attracts cousins at a Kentucky family reunion. Anyway you cut it, there are many reasons to not own a Manta…but…dropping a Ford V8 into the front changes the equation considerably, sort of like finding out the lady with the pink whale tale is your cousin…once removed. Find this 1974 Opel Manta A with Ford V8 for sale in Mount Wolf, PA for $3,000 via craigslist. Tip from Tinman
The Manta was marketed as a performance car, but only available from the factory with a number of sub-2 liter inline-4 cylinder engines, making it a competitor to only a few cars on this side of the Altantic in 1970. Equally perplexing was the placement of Opels in Buick dealerships after they were imported by GM. Whatever, the past is behind us, and this Opel Manta is properly powered by a 289 cubic inch Ford V8 good for a claimed 67289 horsepower.
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