Project Monster: 1980 Manta Mirage

This next car is an interesting pile of semi-built parts. It is a kit car that was born in 1980, but has been sitting in storage for the past 40 years. Perhaps the next owner will finish the dirty work and turn it into the pavement pounding beast that it should be…or let it sit for another 40 years to be a DT find in 2040. Find this 1980 Manta Mirage bidding for $8600 in Shenandoah Junction, WV on eBay with 1 day to go.

From the seller:

No Reserve!A new opportunity has come my way and I need to clear some garage space. That means I need to get off the Manta Mirage I bought last year (though it pains me).
It’s one of the later models that uses the Mustang II front suspension and has the side frame rails around the fuel tanks. I looked for YEARS to find one of the later models like this one, in this condition, so this will be a rare opportunity for the lucky bidder These later models are becoming increasingly difficult to find. This one was never finished, never titled or registered (it’s quite virgin). As such, it’s sold with a bill of sale.
As I said, it’s never been completed so this is a NON RUNNING car. It’s an unfinished kit car and will require finishing (although much/most of the hard work is finished). The gel coat is almost pristine!
Currently it uses Corvair rear suspension and transaxle but I was going to change that to a Porsche 987 Boxster 6-speed (included rebuild likely required). It also comes with the very expensive custom-made adapter for that transaxle.

Installed is a GM 350 V-8 (2 bolt or 4 bolt unknown, likely a 4 bolt) and it turns free.
Also come with the standard tan Manta interior, however it will need a new windshield as the one that’s included is cracked. Those windshields are available from Pilkington Classics.
In addition, it has the uber rare Manta air cleaner cover (impossible to find these days). Included as well is the Manta factory radiator, a electric fan setup (both uninstalled) and the complete build manual.
Car is currently “mocked up” for transporting and as I said previously, it’s a kit car waiting to be finished.
Excellent father son project!Please understand due to the nature of the vehicle (unfinished kit car) no warranty is given or implied, vehicle is sold as is with no returns possible.I invite you to either visit yourself or have your agent look the car over in person 🙂

Item specifics

Condition:UsedYear: 1985
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 1g2pg3791fp232000Mileage: 140
Number of Cylinders: 6Engine: 2.8L Gas V6
Model: lotus Lamborghini velorossa fiat alfa mera fiero 356Transmission: Manual
Drive Side: Left-hand driveFor Sale By: Private Seller
Disability Equipped: NoFuel Type: gasoline
Power Options: Power Windows, Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Cruise ControlWarranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Interior Color: BlackExterior Color: Blue
Drive Type: RWDTrim: GT
Vehicle Title: CleanBody Type: Coupe
Options: Leather Seats, CD PlayerMake: Replica/Kit Makes

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