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.
My advice for selecting a mid-engine kit car to buy is the same advice I give for people considering a mohawk for their hairstyle. Always go bigger, flashier, spikier, and bluer. And never go half way in, with some kind of stupid fauxhawk, you need to commit to the full experience and rock that Chevy V8 powered Manta symbol of your inner 6 year old and make it loud and proud. Find this 1983 Manta Montage offered for $14,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Another day…another kit car. But this is a Manta Montage — and we’ve had a history of posting these things and then getting random emails from people looking for one for sale. It usually comes in all caps and says something like “IM LOOKING FOR A MONTAGE. MY UNCLE HAD ONE AND ONCE GAVE BRUCE MCLAREN A HIGH FIVE AT THE POUGHKEEPSIE REGIONAL AIRPORT. IS YOUR MANTA STILL AVAILABLE?” Well…here is one for you guys. Find this 1980 Manta Montage bidding for $5000 reserve-not-met in Topsham, ME via eBay.
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 […]
The first generation Opel Manta (It is known as a Manta A to the Manta lovers around the globe) was a simple and light 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 […]
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 […]
Manta was a custom car company based out of Southern California (run by brothers Brad and Tim LoVette) in the 1970s/1980s that built speedy looking fiberglass superkits using donor parts from Vettes and Beetles. The Montage was one of their later offerings and used a Volkswagen Type 1 donor engine/transmission to underpin a fancy looking […]
I would seriously drive this next car every single day if I could fit a few car seats into the back…because it combines the basic practicality of a Chevy V8 that’ll get you to the grocery store and back with the menacing looks of a McLaren M6 racer. This is the car that’ll get your […]
If you’ve always wanted to build a 70s kit car, the opportunities are limited these days. It isn’t just that lawyers and politicians want you to be safe, but also that most of the businesses making kits are long gone, so you’ll need to find an unfinished project, like this 1974 Manta Mirage offered for […]
The early 1970s wasn’t a good time to be a new car. The late 60s models were faster, better looking, and less complex in general, but there were a few cars that kept it cool into the mid 70s. Included in this rare bunch is something called the Opel Manta that was built in Germany […]