1975 Opel Manta
The first generation Opel Manta (It is known as a Manta A to the Mantites around the globe) was a clean and simple two-door fastback that shared a chassis and oily bits with the Opel Ascona sedan platform. The Opel marque may have been controlled the giant General Motors monster, but the Manta was a decidedly European machine, with a small cam-in-head inline-4 cylinder engine pushing power to the rear wheels. The Opel brand ended up being a flop in North America, but it wasn’t the Manta’s fault, it was the fault of the bean counters at GM who decided to shove Opels in to the back of Buick dealerships, which sealed their fate before they first appeared on our shores. Find this 1975 Opel Manta offered for $13,500 in Suffolk, NY via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
From the seller:
cylinders: 4 cylinders
paint color: yellow
title status: clean
If you ever wanted one of these or just want something that NOBODY has period , this is the one . Original 20k miles , documented , with every piece of original paperwork since new including the window sticker and bill of sale. NO RUST on car , never wrecked or repaired , al4 jacking points are perfect . The dash is perfect with no cracks , all gauges and lights , horn, wipers , heater, blow fan , warning lights , key buzzer , all working properly . Has the factory tachometer , gauges , rally wheels with original matching spare and jack in perfect original shape . Trunk is dead new . Interior is outstanding . Starts right up , last driven back in 2009/2010 but garaged since and started and moved around . Never rusted or rotted , just as honest of a collectible car you will ever find , has ben stored at an expense of 175.00 a month for last 11 years , so selling price does not even cover that . Has a clean NY title ( Was sold here on L.I. new at Shore Buick in Bellmore )
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Nice! I’d like it with a 4-speed. Had the 1975 Sport Wagon version of this. Last year imported, only year with smooth running Bosch L-Jetronic injected engine (when standard BMW 2002 still carbureted). Excellent handling. NO rust? What’s that on valve cover? Price a tad optimistic.
1970’s paint colors need to make a return to fashion in the automotive world.
The more color the better.
I once had a car that when I got an NYC parking ticket, the color was listed as “yes”