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.
The strangest car you could find in a Buick dealer in 1972 wasn’t a Buick…but it did have styling that was hilariously similar to the Corvette and used transverse leaf spring suspension like the Vette. But where the size was 7/8ths scale of the Vette, the engine was only 1/8th the size, so performance isn’t exactly blistering…but GM sold an astonishing 103k example of these little West Germany assembled oddballs from 1968-1973. Today’s example has a nifty looking body kit and is offered at a premium price for a GT. Find this 1972 Opel GT offered for $14,995 in St Augustine, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If you wandered into a Buick dealer in the early 1970s you would be surrounded by the kind of land barges you’d expect from Buick. Big chrome, big bumpers, and big V8 is what you expected from GM’s performo-luxury brand which was not as luxurious as Cadillac, but not as performancy as Pontiac…but certainly better […]
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 […]
Every custom car builder claims that his or her car is “one of a kind” but for the most part…they aren’t. Custom trike Fiero..yup, dime-a-dozen, Subaru with a domestic V8 swap..common-as-muck, Porsche 968 with Mazda Rotary swaa….ok…that one was one-of-a-kind…but so is today’s next feature, because very few people in this world would dream of […]
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 […]
Driving a classic Opel GT will have the vast majority of people scratching their heads, and a few Opel (and Buick!) enthusiasts rapt with glee. The little GT doesn’t just put a smile on the faces of the lunatic fringe, but it also proves to people out there that a classic German car doesn’t need […]
This week’s Mid-Week Match-Up is for friend of DT Dan E who tell us that he will be in Europe on an extended vacation/sabbatical for 9 weeks with his small family (wife + kid). In his words: plan is to buy a sweet ride to explore in. I have a friend we are staying with […]
The Opel GT was a compact sports car by GM’s European subsidiary Opel from 1965 to 1973. The little “poor man’s Vette” (reference to its styling similarity with Chevrolet’s C3 Covette) was sold and maintained at Buick dealers in North America, an odd place to find a European transplant and undoubtedly part of the reason […]
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 […]