The Manta A Series was released in September 1970, two months ahead of the new Opel Ascona on which it was based. A competitor to the Ford Capri, it was a two door ‘three-box’ coupé, and featured distinctive round tail lights, quite similar to those on the Opel GT and which, in fact, were used on the GT in 1973, its final model year. It took its name, and a few minor styling cues, from the Manta Ray concept car, which also famously influenced the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3.
The Manta was normally equipped with 1.6 or 1.9 litre CIH engine, although in Europe a small, 1.2 litre, motor was also offered. It came with either a 4-speed manual or an optional 3-speed TH-180 automatic. Known to be one of the best handling cars in its class and went on to win a large number of rallies in Europe and the United States.
The example shown here is a later C series GSi model, in a white colour scheme with yellow stripes and grey velour interior. This Manta is very original and would benefit from minor cosmetic improvements.