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Opel Manta

Opel Manta

With Ford enjoying Europe-wide success with the massively popular Capri, GM decided it was time to answer back. Its reply came at the Paris show in 1970, in the form of the Opel Manta, which, like the Capri, was a smart two-door coupe built on the underpinnings of a humble saloon - in the Opel's case, the Ascona. Also like the Capri, the Manta had a massive choice of engines and trim, meaning finding two identical examples was nigh on impossible. Neat styling touches included a thick C-pillar and Ferrari-style round tail lamps. Fastest and most desirable was the Manta GT/E, introduced in 1973. It came with electronic Bosch fuel injection, auxiliary driving lamps, a matt black bonnet and Rostyle sports wheels, but was not available as a right-hand drive. Later models had rounder styling and a rear hatchback. Almost 500,000 were produced.

Opel Manta Specifications

Top speed:102 mph (163 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):11.2 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:116 ci (1,897 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual/3-speed auto
Max power:102 bhp (76 kW) at 5,200 rpm
Max torque:121 lb ft (164 Nm) at 3,600 rpm
Weight:2,150 lb (967 kg)
Economy:26 mpg (9.3 km/I)
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