Asconas in NZ
Never seen a 1975-81 Ascona in New Zealand and only one Manta. GM Holden had the market tied up for years and in the 1960s and 70s only Holden and Vauxhall were sold here.
There may have been a very few private imports.
From 1988 onwards Opel Vectras came into the market but were soon rebadged as "Holden" Vectras.
That's why the 1987 Ascona attracted me - it had an "Opel" badge and less than thirty were imported as a market test for the introduction of the Vectras the next year. For the previous twenty or thirty years Opel had not been available here.
My 1972 GT is also one of three known in the whole country and was privately imported by an American Woman living here. She brought it with her in the early 1980s.
The big wheels are quite a squeeze on the 1987 Ascona but the BBS Mags are fro a front wheel drive Japanese car of some sort (Mitzibushi I was told) and have an offset of ET45. The tyres just clear the suspension struts in the front and the front guards had to be "bulged" a bit to stop the tyres scraping
I'll put up a picture when I get one on the digital camera.