Opel Manta
Class Sports Car
Body Style 2-Door Coupe
Length 171 in.
Width 64.3 in.
Height 53.3 in.
Wheelbase 95.7
Weight 2,150 lbs.
Transmission 4-Speed Manual
Engine 1,900cc (115.8cid) I-4
Power 90 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Similar Ford Capri
Designer Chuck Jordan

The Opel Manta was a sports coupe built by Opel. Production started in 1970 replacing the Opel GT. It was competing with the Ford Capri and was sold as an Opel in the UK rather than it's normal Vauxhall badge. The Opel has always been a good rally car and often you will see it at Historic Racing.


Styles and Major Options

Luxus(1973-1974):The Luxus version was meant to be a more comfortable and less sports-oriented Manta. Luxuses were fitted with corduroy upholstery, which was the main focus of the Luxus package.

Rallye(1971-1974):The Rallye version of the Manta primarily consisted of visual upgrades such as a flat-black painted hood, full gauges, rallye-style wheels, side stripes, a sports exhaust, and foglamps. It also came with a lower rear differential gear ratio than standard Mantas.


The base price of the Opel Manta when new was $3,267.

Gas Mileage

Add more fields as necessary.

As seen on the website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:












Opel's four-cylinder engines are considered to be very reliable, and accordingly are sometimes described as "bullet-proof". Despite this, the Solex carburetors often cause trouble and are frequently replaced by more reliable Weber 38 DGAS carburetor.


This section should reference points on safety ratings and features of the vehicle.



Opel Manta A Colors Manta Club

Main Competitors

Unique Attributes

If there are any features of this vehicle that sets it apart from other vehicles in its class, then mention those unique attributes here.

Resale Values


Please make sure to keep critiques in a third-person point of view. If using criticisms from a reputable automotive source, then please make sure to cite the quote.


Fill in as many as appropriate. Add more if necessary and pictures wherever applicable.

Please make sure NOT to use copyrighted pictures.

Current Generation: (YYYY–present)

Fifth generation (YYYY–YYYY)

Fourth generation (YYYY–YYYY)

Third generation (YYYY–YYYY)

Second generation (YYYY–YYYY)

First Generation/Origins (YYYY–YYYY)


Opels that were sold in the U.S. were sold through Buick dealerships, and thus General Motors had to be careful that the Opels did not compete for customers with the Buick models that they were shown alongside. Because of this, the Opels marketed were the smaller models that had four-cylinder engines and the larger Opels (such as the Rekord and the Commodore) were excluded so as not to compete with the large Buicks.

Due to the fact that all U.S. Mantas had the 1900cc engine, they were named "1900 Sport Coupe" during the 1971 and 1972 seasons. The Ascona, the sedan from which the Manta was derived, had also been called the 1900 during the years that it was imported to the U.S. Strangely, in 1973 the 1900 Sport Coupe was renamed the Manta, the name it always carried in Europe, but the Ascona continued to be named the 1900 until it was discontinued along with the Manta in 1976.

The Manta had used Solex carburetors to deliver fuel to the 1900cc four-cylinder engines from 1971 to 1974 in the United States, but due to tightening emission laws in the states they were fitted with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection systems that helped to improve declining horsepower numbers that had also been caused by federal laws for the 1972 through 1974 Mantas. The U.S.-bound Asconas also recieved the fuel-injection systems for 1975, but neither model recieved these upgrades in the European markets.

Design quirks and oddities

Refer to any pop-culture tidbits about the vehicle in this section.


List out notable awards that the model has recieved while in production. Boldface the company or orgainization that gives out the award, and Italicize the name of the award.

See also


General Motors Company

Buick | Cadillac | Chevrolet | GMC | Holden | Hummer | Opel | Vauxhall | Daewoo


Passenger: Agila · Antara · Astra · Corsa · Meriva · Zafira · Insignia · Astra VXR · Ampera

LCV: Combo · Movano · Vivaro

Historic: Admiral · Ascona · Blitz · Calibra · Campo · Commodore · Diplomat · Frontera · GT · Kadett · Kapitän · Manta · Monterey · Monza · Olympia · Omega · Rekord · Senator · Super Six · GT · Signum · Sintra · Speedster · Tigra · Vectra

Concept: Aero GT · Antara GTC · CD · Diesel Rekordwagen · Eco Speedster · Frogster · Frua Diplomat · G90 · GT 2 · Insignia · Maxx · OPC X-Treme · Snowtrekker · Trixx · Gran Turismo · GT/W "Genève" · Corsa Spider · Twin · Signum Concept · Concept A · Concept M · GTC Geneve · E-Flex · Corsa Hybrid Concept · Flextreme Concept · Vivaro VPC Concept · Meriva Concept · Flexitreme GTE Concept · GTC Paris Concept · Vivaro e-Concept


Adam Opel Corporate website A division of General Motors

External Links

Opel Motorsports Club - US-based Opel club that specializes in 1968-1975 Opels