I seriously doubt that most anyone here is going to be able to give you the exact year, as we didn't get that model. Yes, I know you know this, but, where you should be asking your questions is a German site. You should also post the pics you took also. The Germans would be able to tell you far more easily than anyone here.
It is definitley 75-78 manta but it has not original headlamps. these were taken from later models. There were not 5 speed gearboxes ni such early models. 5speed gears were mounted in 79-88 mantas. I am convinced about it as 79-88 mantas were not equipped with chrome bumpers but it may be a kind of mix of different mantas.
It looks like a very early Manta B, single slot grill, chrome bumpers. Obviously wheels and lights are not original, and I would hazard a guess it would probably be a 1.9 with a varajet carb and a 4 speed, but the engine size and fuel delivery varied with country of sale...sorry I can't be more specific.
The bumpers are the 1 feature which narrows it to '76-'79...In '80 they switched to plastic bumpers, in UK at least....
My shift knob is clocked at about 5:00 instead of noon, it’s a minor thing but bugging me. I read these are pressed on for the GT’s, are the Manta’s pressed on too? How did it get clocked off center if it doesn’t screw off?
I put a 4-speed into my (previously) automatic Manta this weekend and had a few things come up that I'm not 100% on the answer to. I'm hoping someone here could snap some pictures of their car or just give me some details so i can finish the job!
I installed the clutch cable using...