5k: Needs New Shoes: 1974 Opel Manta A

The Opel Manta is a lightweight two-door sports coupe that shared a chassis and power-train with the Opel Ascona
sedan.  The early (1970-75) Manta A was one of the better handling cars of
the era and won many races/rallies not due to its engine, but due to its 2100 lb curb weight.  What better car to put a Buick alloy V8 into the front?  Find this 1974 Opel Manta A for $5,400 in Gainesville, FL via craigslist.  Tip from Rod S.

The body and paint on this car look really good and the bumper delete looks great.  Had the owner’s original plan of putting a Buick 215 into it come to fruition it would be awesome..however…it has idiotic wheels on it
–the seller puts in the oft seen… “I don’t need to sell it.” Then why advertise it?

The 1.9 liter inline-4 is good for around 104 horsepower and 142 ft-lbs of torque.  Unfortunately it is mated to an automatic transmission and will be horribly slow…and not fun.  What this thing needs is a serious re-power and different wheels.

Inside looks okay, the steering wheel is cool and minimalists will love the kind of basic way they addressed home made door cards. 

See another car that just needs an engine, transmission and new set of wheels?  tips@dailyturismo.com