This ad was posted to the Classic Opels list:
My husband and I recently purchased a property and the contents of the land in rural Wisconsin.
There is a 1974 Opel Manta on the property. A neighboring mechanic stated that he had done the upkeep on the car for the owner and it had been running at the time the owner passed away. The history is that a gentleman was actively driving the car when he passed away two years ago. The car has sat since. The key was apparently among his personal effects, though we are still searching for it.
We have no time for a new project and would like to sell the car to someone who will restore it.
Please reply via email if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle in WI
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I went to see the car when I was in the area two weeks ago. The owner just sent the photos and asked me to post the information.
It appears to be a Rallye, as it has the paint scheme and instruments. It is a 4-speed. There are some modifications. On the exterior it has a chin spoiler and rear deck lid spoiler, aftermarket wheels (tires are off the rims), Cibie lights (at least one cracked), blacked out window trim, sunroof that is missing the glass (a rubber mat is covering the hole), different mirrors. There is a large dent in the rear quarter that can be seen in the photos, and the rear bumper is falling off. The windshield has wiper scratches. There is typical rust on the upper fender corner, door bottoms, rockers, etc. I couldn't see the underside well, but there is definitely frame rust by the front jacking pad at least. Under the hood, the battery tray has had repair work done, there is a Weber 32/36, Allison (Crane) ignition, GT valve cover, aftermarket horn. Inside, there is an aftermarket steering wheel and shift knob, the driver's seat bottom is recovered in fabric, the passenger seat bottom is cracking. The rear seat back is in surprisingly good shape. One rear side glass gasket is hanging. A single hoop roll bar is bolted in and doesn't appear to interfere with the seats.
The key has not been found to my knowledge, and there is no title, although the owner asserts that they can provide documentation to prove they purchased the land with all assets on it, so titling should not be a problem if one desired.
The car is located outside of Tomah, WI. That's about all I know. Please contact the seller at the above email address if interested.