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I just obtained my first Opel - this 1900 “Sport Coupe” (aka Manta). I bought it from a gentleman that had owned if for over 22 years and he said he has had over twenty five Mantas over the years. It needs some help from being in long term storage but is really solid and I haven’t been able to find any corrosion on it. It’s a forty footer, the paint isn’t very nice and has cracks all over. For what it’s worth it has a Rallye badge on the trunk. There are a number of unfortunate personal modifications on the car, although some I can understand such as the 14” BMW bottle cap wheels and others that are a matter of taste not to my liking. The interior is very functional but not stock, it has homemade vinyl door panels and Chevy S-10 front seats. The engine is unmodified except for a wacky electronic ignition system. And issues with the gauges. I’ll be checking it out more.
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Thanks for the comments and support.
I went to transfer the title and the sellers Ohio title had the spelling was “Opal” which wasn’t in the Michigan computer system. I was super relieved that it was all resolved rather promptly because I’d didn’t know what it may take to sort out a title problem.
My greatest concern is preserving this car. With the high humidity in the summer along with winter it’s a challenge and the road salt makes it more difficult. Even a car that is garaged all the time can get rusty here.
It’s kinda funny that what I call unfortunate touches from the previous owner, like the hood scoop and rear spoiler, don’t bother me as much as they did at first but I still would prefer to get rid of them. Same with the BMTroubleYou rims.
It’s licensed and ready to roll. The fuel gauge doesn’t work so that’ll be tricky to not run out of gas. The tach doesn’t work either. Anyone know a good guy that can sort that out along with removing the vintage Mallory ignition?
And my first investment was buying some key blanks because I only have one set of keys.
 

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Just so everyone knows those are faux hood pins, they don’t do anything but look pretty and account for some extra holes in the hood.
The wheels are rather ingenious: they are 14” BMW “bottle cap” rims with… this is cool… center caps from an 80s Dodge Omni. It works well when you wouldn’t think it would, but then again when you have a good body you can get away with a lot; like the hot gal wearing plaid and stripes.
 

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Thanks for the encouragement and support.
super cool you figured out the tack!
Yes this car is a bit of a mash-up or a bitsa: a little bit from this car a few bits from that car… but it runs & shifts well and has new tires too.
I’m in Waterford, Michigan.
I hope I can arrange to be away for Springfield, it’s about 475 miles and just not sure how much risk taking the Opel would be.
 

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Yes the Woodward Dream Cruise is just a few weeks away. Because of Covid I haven’t gone since I moved back here & for ten years before that I was in Tennessee.
The actual cruise on Saturday is huge and the weekdays before there’s a lot of cars out too.
I have to see if I can spot any other Opel 1900 sport coupes.
 
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