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General Information

Year
1973
Make
Opel
Model
Manta GT/E 'under construction'
Color
Blue currently / will be BMW Titanium silver 354
Packages
GT/E
History
Purchased in 1999 from SoCal as a Blue Max with a factory sun roof, automatic transmission, with major body damage. Currently under restification with a C20XE 2.0L 16v engine, Getrag Manta B 1.8L 5-spd., Phantom Grip LSD, front vented big brakes with an Isuzu rear disk brake conversion.

Final product will be painted BMW Titanium silver #354, with GT/E badging, a Manta B GSE Recaro seats and interior, Mercedes 3-point rear seat belts, and an original German Opel stereo with hidden rear speakers.

Chassis has been upgraded with RallyBob's frame reinforcement connector diagrams and has a hidden rear body 'X' brace. Front suspension has had off-road rally suspension reinforcements welded in place, along with boxed control arms.

Exterior will have the GT/E stripe package with the correct fog lights and air dam. Truck lid is modified for the GT/E badge and is getting a Mercedes W123 warning triangle added. Wheels are real 3-piece BBS sourced from an E30 BMW.
1973 Opel Manta GT/E 'under construction' (Blue currently / will be BMW Titanium silver 354)

Modifications

Drivetrain
C20XE 2.0L 16V (complete with fuel injection) coupled to a 1.8L OHC 5 speed Getrag. Opel GT/E radiator mated with a heavily modified Buick Reatta electric cooling fan. Header, C20XE oil cooler and GM 2.0 OHC A/C compressor and BMW E30 condensor.
Interior
GT/E seats from a Manta B GT/E with US dealer installed GM A/C under dash unit.
Exterior
Under Major construction. Patch panels, frame reinforcements, subframe connectors, 'X' brace and rear 3 point seat belts from a Mercedes Benz.
Audio
1980's Opel in-dash radio with iPod adapter.
Suspension
Front suspension gussets (a la RallyBob), sub frame connectors, Koni red shocks with Mattig lowering springs. Addco front and rear sway bars and of course all polyurethane front and rear BMW E30 complete rear suspension.
Wheel and Tire
15x7 BBS 3-piece modular wheels.

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