Opel Manta A
Opel 1900 / Manta Coupe / Rallye / Luxus / Berlinetta
1970-1975


Opel designers drawing new coupe; 1966-1967


1969 Opel present Ascona-Coupe...


...and 1970 Manta


First presentation on 16. 09. 1970


HISTORY
Smooth Euro-ponycar styled by Chuck Jordan, now GM director of Design.
Completed for pizzazz and practicality with the Mustang
-like Capri from Ford Europe, but larger and not as quick despite less weight. All US export models carried Opel's robuse 1.9 liter cam -in-head four.
The coupes were always called Manta in Europe and shared chassic, all-coil suspension, and drivetrain with more upright Ascona sedan and wagon. All were initially markered in America throught Buick dealers as per previous Opels from 1958 as the 1900; Manta name was applied from 1973.
Rally version had extra instruments, foglamps, matter-black hood, bodyside stripes, stiffer suspension, slotted wheels, and a shorter final drive.
Luxus had cord cloth upholstery, four spoke wheels, and non of the Rally's "boy-racer" goodies, but was quieter and more comfy. Also, a vinyl-trimmed base coupe all years.
"Crash" bumpers for 1974-75, Bosh fuel injection for 1975 only.

FOR
Amazingly rust-resistant, ultra strong engine, neat looks, throug again now, teriffic handling, class-leading passenger/trunk room, Germany build quality, cheap

AGAINST
Parts tough to find throught original sources, but some aftermarket suppliers are starting up, driveability problems on '72, fuel injection woes on '75s, original Luxus cloth upholstery wears out fast, undergeared and noisy

ENGINES

Type

No. of cylinders

Displacement

kW/bhp

rpm

fuel(octans)

Carburettor

Top speed km/h

12 S

L4

1196

44/60

5400

98

Solex35 PDSI

145

16

L4

1584

50/68

5200

92

Solex35 PDSI

154

16 S

L4

1584

59/80

5200

98

Solex32 DIDTA-4

164

19 S

L4

1897

66/90

5100

98

Solex32 DIDTA-4

170

19 E

L4

1897

77/105

5400

98

Bosh L-Jetronic

188

 

Production:
1971- 8378, 1972-10,647, 1973-Rallye 8360, Luxus 17,536, 1974-Rallye 7,959, Luxus 14,026, 1975-15,118
(US sales)

Total production:

498.553

Opel Manta A pictures:

 

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