(A series 1970-74)
(B series 1975-88)
Opel Manta A 'S'
See description below by owner Graeme Keet <email@example.com>
- >Please find attached a couple of pictures of
- > my very rare OPEL Manta S, with full Ray West Modifications as standard.
- > I have just aquired the car in good condition from the UK, and at this time
- > it is in transit to Brisbane Australia, where I have been living for the
- > last 3 years. My first car was an original SR, which I sold for £175,
- > before migrating - and never quite got over the loss. There is something
- > magical about them!
- > Standard SR spec was a four speed, 102bhp/ 1897cc car with a standard
- > limited slip differential, and my Ray West is a five speed, 180bhp/2210cc
- > car with dual circuit & servo brakes, spax suspension & twin 48 webber carbs
- > as standard! Rays options can get really crazy - and his work is first
- > rate. My car is absolutely standard to look at, as you can see in the
- > photos. These may be a touch dark as they were taken in the UK, but I will
- > take more and forward them to you in 3 weeks when the car arrives.
- > My address on the net is firstname.lastname@example.org in Brisbane, please E-mail me with
- > any reply.
- > Hope the pics are of use......
- > Best regards
Here are more details on Manta's sent in by Graeme Keet <email@example.com>
- Manta A series
- Introduced Sept 1970, with 1.2 (Euro only, not UK), 1.6S, 1.9S, 1.9 Rallye,
- 1.9SR, 1.9 Berlinetta (luxury), 1.9 Turbo, 1.9 DOT Berlinetta Turbo. For
- many the only real Manta, with a better finish & roadhandling than the
- others (both in standard trim). Mine 1972 is a Ray West modified 1.9S,
- spec as per previous, totally stock from the outside! Rack & pinon
- steering, servo ass. brakes - disk (f) & drum (r).
- Fully original cars were the Rallye was the one with the performance options
- & interior gauges, & bonnet paint. This paint was dropped in 1972 and the
- model was called SR. Also in 1972 the Berlinetta was introduced, spec as
- the SR but with more luxurious seats. The 1973 German Turbo was based on
- an SR with a front spoiler, Rallye graphics & 125mph top speed. Britain's
- (more successful) Turbo was based on the Berlinetta (all were black, and had
- front light wipers!). This had alloy 14" wheels and was good for 130mph.
- There was one Ottershaw turbo made (A-series) but I never saw it. My 2.2
- out accelerates, top speeds, and brakes them all! 3 speed GM auto trans
- was available on all models. Main + points;- excellent handling,
- steering & looks!
- Specs for 1.9SR, Berlinetta & Rallye 0-60 mph 10.5 sec, 106mph top
- Specs for 1.6, 0-60 in 12.5 sec, 102mph top
- Specs for turbo 1.9, 0-60 in 8.5 sec, 125 or 130 (Broadspeed/Ottershaw) top
- Spec for Ray West 2.2, 0-60 in 6.2 sec, 138+mph top
- Manta B series
- Range as above, intro 1975. Same drivetrain with different body
- configurations, coupe & hatchback. Many familiar parts!
- Manta C series
- Intro 1982. Variants include GT/J (1.8) 1.8S, GTE (2.0) 400 (16valve,
- 2.4). Facelift of B series body with front, rear & side spoilers, and
- alloy wheels. Recaro interior. 5 speed getrag box. The car that should
- have been the A-series replacement.
- For more details about all Manta matters, contact either myself or Ron
- Daymond at 100534,firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What he does not know about Mantas is a lie! He also is the main man in the
- UK club.
- Best regards..........
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