The first generation Opel Manta is an affordable classic that deserves a spot in your garage…wait a minute. I’ve seen this car before. Oh we featured this car in December of 2020 and it was a good deal then and it is cheaper now, so go buy this Opel Manta before it gets relisted 6 months later for another grand off the asking price. Find this 1975 Opel Manta offered for $11,500 in East Meadow, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car came as a tip from Matt C who wrote: Bitter SC heading towards auction. And I thought to myself; Oh great, another opportunity for an oddball cheap and interesting car to get slathered with a thick veneer of nostalgia from a group of self-appointed experts in the comments of one of those 5% buyers-premium auction sites and then bid into silly money range by the deep pockets of…oh…wait…an insurance auction? Suuhhh-wheat!! A dirty car that might not have keys and will need a trailer to get home? That’s more my style. Find this 1985 Bitter SC on the IAAI auction website in Atlanta, GA.
This next car comes from tipper Erik202 who writes: I always think its funny when ads don’t have a price but do contain enough info to steal the seller’s identity (or i dunno at least apply for a credit card in their name) This guy probably did it because there is also an app for Kijiji that allows messaging and he didn’t want all the messages from people telling him there is no way his opel is worth whatever he’s asking for it. Anyway, even tho there is no price listed it can’t possibly be higher than the DT cutoff. Personally I think it is because this guy is sick of having people low-ball his asking price 24-7, because that seems to be the full time occupation of some craigslist/kijijiji readers. The only thing I’d change on this listing (other than posting a pie-in-the-sky price) is to take a photo without so much snow on the hood. Find this 1971 Opel Manta offered for an undisclosed sum of cash in Alberta, Canada via Kijiji.net.
I got really excited when I read the title of this next carvertisment. FREE OPAL GTI. Except its not FREE, not an OPAL, and not a GTI. Its like that scuba diving vacation I took in the Sahara Desert. I still feel cheated on that one, but the seller got me all hopeful and then ends with a “Not free, but will consider reasonable offers.” I’m thinking free is a pretty reasonable offer for a derelict Opel GT…but I’m no expert, I’m just a guy with too many cars in my driveway, garage, and clogging up the street to pick up another derelict. CFlo, any interest? Find this 1972 Opel GT offered for FREE, NOT FREE in Simi Valley, CA via freebook marketfleece.
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 […]