Monday, September 7, 2009

Family resemblance

Noticed this 1974 Opel Manta Rallye adverised in Washington state for $1500 a couple of days ago. It's minus its bumperbars but can't you see LH Torana in the front bit? The back half looks Vauxhall Vivaish. Apparently powered by some funny little 4 cyl. they reckon it goes pretty well.

1 comment:

Bruno von Rotz said...

This is an Opel Manta "A" (first version of this type) that was highly popular in Europe and specifically in Germany. Millions have been built I think. Engines ranged from 1.2 to 1.9 liter (roughly 50 to 100 HP). It was the "coupé" of the people who could afford it, but were far away from buying a Porsche or something like that. The Manta was based on the Opel Ascona from which it shared everything except the body and parts of the interior.