Forgotten Classic: 1974 Opel Manta A

The first generation Opel Manta “A” was a simple and light two-door fastback
that shared a chassis and oily bits with the Opel Ascona sedan platform. It is a classic that, for whatever reason, doesn’t get many accolades these days, but would make a great occasional driver and weekend cruiser to fill the empty spot in your garage.  Find this 1974 Opel Manta A offered for $8,500 in Pescadero, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The Manta A for the US market was equipped with the 1.9 liter Opel Cam-in-head engine, which was the optional upgrade engine in the little Opel GT and produced 105 horsepower and 112 ft-lbs of torque.  With only 2200 lbs to toss around (can that be right…it seems low…), the Manta should be fun.

The Steering wheel makes this one a
base model, not a Rallye (so there is probably not a tach). The
wheel covers and beauty rings are also base model.  The bumpers are not the swim-deck style bumpers that DT’s resident Manta-savant Hunsbloger
thought started in ’74, so he supposes that this car could have started
out in Canada and work its way down the coast. 

Quick, someone buy this car before it suffers the same fate as that RX-7.  See another Manta for cheap? tips@dailyturismo.com