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1974 Opel Manta Luxus

1974 Opel Other Manta Luxus for sale in Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States

Item location: Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Make: Opel
Model: Other
SubModel: Manta Luxus
Type: Coupe
Trim: 2 door
Year: 1974
VIN: ol77n09082794
Color: Blue
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description for Opel Other 1974

The Manta A was released in September 1970. two months ahead of the then 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. In the UK market. the first Manta was sold only as an Opel: there was no Vauxhall-branded Manta (or Ascona) until after the launch. in 1975. of the Manta B1 and Ascona B. (In the UK the Ford Capri niche was contested. with only limited success. by Vauxhall's Firenza. based on the by now aging Vauxhall Viva until 1975. )The sales approach for the Opel line in the U. S. Market was equally odd. The Manta A was one of only a few Opel models sold in the U. S. Market. Opels were imported by GM and sold through Buick dealerships and not their own dealership network. so they were limited in what makes and models they could sell there. Other Opel models sold in the U. S. market were the 1956–61 the Rekord P1 and Rekord P2. the Kadett A (1964–66). Kadett B (1967–71). GT (1969–73). Manta / Ascona A (1971–75). The Ascona A is the saloon version on the Manta A chassis and was sold in the U. S. under the 1900 name as a two-door and four-door saloon. and as a two-door "Sport Wagon". The only difference between the Ascona and Manta was exterior sheet metal. glass and trim. The frame. all the mechanicals. dash. front seats. and many other parts were shared between the cars. The Manta was even sold as the 1900 Sport Coupé in 1971 and 1972. rather than as the Manta. In 1973 the Manta nameplate was added to the U. S. -spec Mantas. but the Asconas kept the 1900 badge throughout their model life. The last year GM imported European made Opels into the United States. under their marque. was 1975. In that year the only Opels imported were the Manta and Ascona A. The Manta was normally equipped with a 1. 6–1. 9-litre CIH engines. although in Europe a small 1. 2-litre motor was also offered. All Mantas sold in the U. S. had the 1. 9 L and larger heavy duty radiator (an option on European models). It came with either a four-speed manual or an optional three-speed TH-180 automatic. The Manta was 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. In the U. S. Market. there was a sport model known as the Rallye from 1971 to 1974. The "Rallye" model was overall an appearance and gauge package. the most noticeable difference was the addition of a black hood and on 1970–73 models the addition of fog lamps. Mechanically the only difference was the gear ratio in the models with manual transmissions. and the Rallye model came with standard stiffer suspension. tighter turning radius. and very aggressive front caster adjustments. Both had dual rear sway bars. providing the best in class handling. In 1973 and 1974 there was also the "Luxus" model which included refinements like corduroy seats. colour-coded interiors (blue or burgundy). and faux wood panelling. The only special edition Manta ever produced for the U. S. market was the "Blue Max" in 1973. this amounted to a blue 1973 Luxus model. with a unique dark blue vinyl roof. mechanical sunroof. and automatic transmission. In 1975. all Manta and 1900 models were equipped with the Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection in the United States due to emission regulations. Yet in Europe this feature was only available on the high end GT/E Models. which also sported fog lamps and a lower front spoiler. which was not offered on any of the U. S. spec Manta models. Also of note is that the 1974–75 Opel Manta models sported large aluminium 5 mph (8 km/h) bumpers to comply with U. S. crash standards of the time; the European Mantas did not receive the large bumpers. With the Deutsche Mark becoming stronger. and with other costs also rising. U. S. imports of Opels ended in 1975. Instead. the Isuzu Gemini version of the T-car was imported from Japan and sold by Buick dealers as the "Opel by Isuzu". later "Buick Opel". The Opel name was last used in the U. S. in 1979. [2]The European market had a number of different versions of their own. Most were basic trim packages. the most popular being the "Berlinetta". which was similar to the "Luxus" but included rubber trim on the bumpers (standard on all 1973 U. S. Opel Mantas). vinyl roof. and other miscellaneous features. The one major exception being the 1975 Opel. which offered the GT/E and a number of special editions based on the GT/E. The GT/E was a fuel-injected version of the European 1. 9L and the performance figures were very impressive for the time. The most notable special editions models based on the GT/E were the "Black Magic" (with black and plaid interior) and the "Swinger" edition in white with an equally odd interior choice.

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