Opel Ascona 400/Manta 400
1979-1983, 684 produced. (448 Ascona 400/236 Manta 400)
Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Coupe,2 doors,4 seats
From 1979 until 1983 the GM division Opel offered special "homologation" Rally versions of the Ascona and Manta, the Group 4 Ascona 400 and later, Group B, Manta 400. Both models were produced by Opel in very small numbers and were built in a variety of special Rally specifications.
Both cars used two door bodies for added strength and were fitted with 16 valve 2410cc engines supplied by Cosworth and coupled to a five speed gearbox. For lightness the Ascona/Manta rally cars came with Glass-fibre body panels and special wheels.
From Cradle to Grave - Opel Manta
|Publication||Practical Classics July 2003|
|From Cradle to Grave - Opel Manta - GM’s bachelor-boy coupé provided cheap thrill for thousands of young blades, with its laddish looks and sporting pretensions. Nigel Boothman charts the progress from A to GTE.|
Buying Power - Opel Manta B
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 25th August 2004|
|Buying Power - Opel Manta B - Built to battle the Capri, the Opel Manta (and lesser-known Vauxhall sibling) was the sporting but affordable mainstay of General Motors’ European range throughout the Seventies and Eighties. RICHARD GUNN looks at buying one.|