1974 Opel Manta Luxus, known history, only 60k miles original!
Price: US $4,200.00 Item location: Crimora, Virginia, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Opel
- Model: Manta
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: Luxus
- Year: 1974
- Mileage: 61,000
- Color: Burgundy
- Engine size: 1900
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Burgundy
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1974 Opel Manta LuxusIt's a 43 year old car. So please read my description carefully and ask any questions that might pop up. I want this to be a happy transaction for you and for me :-)
Selling our 1974 Opel Manta Luxus, 1.9l, 4 cylinder with weber carb. Complete car, unrestored, no bondo, 3 speed automatic on the floor. Has original wheels and tires are not quite 10 years old, have plenty tread left (only drove it about 27k miles). All technical parts for maintenance and repairs are readily and reasonably available through (yes!) Autozone and ebay!
Only rust is at jack point on driver's side front, and a lil surface rust from missing paint on passenger front fender - it got "modified" a few years back, and I took the fender off and straightened it out myself. No filler, no bondo! Anywhere!
I have a set of chrome strips to go around the wheel arches, spare side marker in good condition, and the headlight surround, that is currently off as well as the Manta ray and "Luxus" sign that goes on the fender. So the fender can be primed, and then painted.
We stopped polishing the oxidized paint two years ago with the plan to prep and paint it fresh, but we never got around to it. I have included a photo, how the car shines when simply polished by hand - stunning!
Just didn't want to do it for this ad, for the new owner might want to bring the Opel straight to a paint shop, and then the wax would be such a pain.
The roof is not vinyl, but plastidip, which we put on to protect the roof. I wonder, if it had a vinyl top early in life, because it has the rare chrome strips that run around the base beneath the rear window...
I bought it from a Navy Vet in Colorado, whose best friend had it from new. The first owner put 17k miles on it and then passed, the Vet drove it to 34k miles, and I had it on regular tags for seven years, and then antique tags for the last three, because it doesn't get much exercise with the other five cars we've got.
It would easily pass inspection (might need wipers?), if you don't like the restrictions of the antique tags.
Odometer stopped working at 51896, and I am positive, that the Opel does not have more than 61k miles on it at present. Speedometer works fine. It feels tight and solid, runs strong, shifts well, doesn't leak radiator fluid and marks its spot, like a good Opel would, every now and then with a drop of oil.
The interior is clean and tight, as well as the headliner.
There is one crack in the dash, and it is in the center. We always have a dash cover on it,which I guess has helped a lot to keep it as beautiful as it is. The fuel gauge is not working, and I do not pay much attention to the clock... Temperature gauge and idiot lights work as well as everything else you need to negotiate through traffic.
The parts I have replaced since I drove it from Denver to Virginia:
New windshield and gasket,
Electronic ignition fitted into the distributor
New tires (back then)
New brake shoes
New corduroy interior (seats, rear bench, door panels)
Regular filter and oil changes as well as the odd light bulb
Thinning the herd... Check out my other postings ;-).
If you are interested, I have accumulated various Manta-specific spares (plastic grill; rebuilt, still wrapped automatic transmission; etc), that you are welcome to purchase from me separately.