Monday, March 23, 2020

Buick 215 V8 Power: 1972 Opel Manta Rallye

The first generation Opel Manta (It is known as a Manta A to the Manta lovers around the globe) was a simple and light two-door fastback that shared a chassis and oily bits with the Opel Ascona sedan platform. The Opel marque may have been controlled the giant General Motors monster, but the Manta was a decidedly European machine, with a small cam-in-head inline-4 cylinder engine pushing power to the rear wheels...but you can fix that will a little bit 'o' Murican iron, and finally justify the fact that these things were sold in Buick dealers when new. Find this 1972 Opel Manta Rallye with Buick 215V8 offered for $2200 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025. 

From the seller:

1972 Opel Manta
fuel: gas
title status: clean
transmission: manual
1972 Opel Manta Rallye. Engine runs via gas can gravity feed style. This is a project. Clutch and brakes need attention to run. Not for the weak of heart. BUT!!!! A very solid start. 2200 gets you the car with the original engine. For another 1900, you can finish my idea of dropping a 1963 Buick 215 all aluminum V8 mated to a T5 trans. I am willing to sell separate. OBO/ONO. trade for LS/T56 swap. Respond with number. 

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  1. I just had a thought: y’all realize that this site is much more spiritually compatible with the original theme of that other site, right? Kind of like Harley Davidson, which at one point in time was the brand of choice for nefarious, scruffy ne’er-do-wells and at some point morphed into a highly, entertaining albeit useful, successful business enterprise.

  2. Hey, how did my car get on here?


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