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I'm new here, and I'll be getting a 74 manta that has been sitting by a country road for 15 years, once the 3 ff of snow is off of it and the ground is dry. I've noticed that there really isn't much manta information out there, but I was wondering how many were imported into the US? I saw one figure that said 500,000 but that just isn't possible. I've only ever seen one and that is the one I'm getting. Thanks. I'm sure I'll be posting a lot more once I get her home.
 

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Welcome to the world of Opels! If you really want to see some dynamite pics of Mantas, go to www.manta-news.de. There is a wealth of manta info out there, in fact, there's a guy in VA that has an on-line business for the Manta/Sportwagon/Sedan. It's called "Goin-Manta" www.opelmanta.com As for other sites on Mantas, you can go to the "Opel Ring" and look around the "world" at other Manta websites.
Good luck!:)
 

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Manta Specific Info

Don't forget that the engine and drive train are pretty much common to the GT. Some of the exceptions are: Low compression pistons, cast connecting rods for 1974 1/2 and 1975, Fuel Injection for 1975, different water pump, fan, and fan clutch for 1975, different brake booster, front brake discs, and disc pads for 1975. Manta's have a coil spring ft suspension vs a leaf spring for the GT, etc.

Again the Forum has lot of Info that can be used for the Manta that will be found under the GT topics.

There are several excellent threads on this site about lowered coil springs and adjustable panhard rods that are specific to the Manta.

Just because the post doesn't fall under the "Manta" Column, doesn't mean that it might not pertain to "US" (Manta owners). Besides, we don't have some of the problems GT owners have. Our head lights don't get stuck and locking gas caps don't break. So its not necessary for us to read every thread. 8->

Paul
75 Manta - Original Owner

Geee.... That means that I was only 16 years old when I bought it!!!
 

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Looks like the question posed by 74Manta eleven years ago was never answered. Has anyone got these numbers for Manta A's so this thread can have a decent burial?
 

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Production numbers appear on the Opel Motorsport Club web site at,

What Year Is It?

I just cut and pasted the numbers. Check out the web page for lots more information.

The 1970 Model -- They are known to exist and some were imported to US. Documentation is sketchy at best.

1971 Model Year -- U.S. Sales: 8378 (No separate numerical breakdown for the Rallye version)

1972 Model Year -- U.S. Sales: 10, 647 (No separate numerical breakdown for the Rallye version)

1973 Model Year -- U.S. Sales: Standard & Luxus 17,536; Rallye version 8360

1974 Model Year -- U.S. Sales: Standard & Luxus 14, 026; Rallye version 7959

1975 Model Year -- US Sales: 15, 118
 

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The 1970 Model -- They are known to exist and some were imported to US. Documentation is sketchy at best.
Well, there's a well documented one here in GA as it is still owned by the ORIGINAL owner. Right now it is going through a resto and should be on the streets soon.
 

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Production numbers appear on the Opel Motorsport Club web site at,

What Year Is It?

I just cut and pasted the numbers. Check out the web page for lots more information.

The 1970 Model -- They are known to exist and some were imported to US. Documentation is sketchy at best.

1971 Model Year -- U.S. Sales: 8378 (No separate numerical breakdown for the Rallye version)

1972 Model Year -- U.S. Sales: 10, 647 (No separate numerical breakdown for the Rallye version)

1973 Model Year -- U.S. Sales: Standard & Luxus 17,536; Rallye version 8360

1974 Model Year -- U.S. Sales: Standard & Luxus 14,026; Rallye version 7959

1975 Model Year -- US Sales: 15, 118
Hmm, that is only 82,024 Manta's brought into the States, compared to something over 80,000 GT's (although I think that includes Canada). I would have thought there were a LOT more Manta's brought in as Opel was a major import in that period, but maybe the Kadett numbers were much higher. Anyone know how many Manta's were built in total? And how many Ascona's were built and how many were imported into the US?
 
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