Manta 1.8 Berlinetta
|Colour||Orient Blue Metallic|
This 1986 Opel Manta 1.8 Berlinetta has covered just 64,519 miles in the care of its 2 private owners since new ( same family ). Loved, cherished and maintained since new, it was then garage stored in 2007 and now benefits from a full mechanical recommissioning. It presents in a remarkably rust free and completely solid state and is a true and unmolested survivor. A superb history file awaits the very lucky new owner and the car is now ready to be used, admired and enjoyed once again.
Supplied and registered brand new on 05/03/1986 by Vauxhall/Opel main agents, Charvill Brothers LTD, Ware, Herts. The original number plates front and rear are still present and fitted, although after 34 years, they have slightly delaminated. The original leather dealer key ring, tax disc holder and rear window sticker ( well...half of one ) are all present. The original bill of sale shows that the only factory option was the now very rare and desirable Orient Blue metallic paint. This colour option was only available on the Manta for 1985/1986 model year build and it really does look stunning. The word original keeps repeating throughout this description and is testament to how much this car has been loved and looked after and how much sentiment it has held to its family owners over the last 34 years. The car has also been very heavily wax injected from new and before delivery...hence, its remarkable rust free state.
The car is beautiful, but it is not perfect by any means.....it is however, a very, very good example and you really would be hard pushed to find a much better unrestored car. The originality is just wonderful to see. It still wears all of its factory fitted body panels and the date stamps are clearly visible for all to see. The offside front wing was repainted some 21 years ago...in 1999. It is a good couple of shades off colour and the lights and camera highlight it even more. When you see it in the metal, it really isn't as obvious as the photos show. A very tiny, tiny blister under the paint on the off side rear wheel arch and historic paint touch ins to most panels except the tailgate and bonnet have been carried out over the 34 years. You can see them, but in our opinion they really and genuinely do not detract from how nice this car looks. It shows that it has been used and enjoyed...but touched in because it has been cared for and cherished. We really wouldn't repaint a car that is so original and nice. The body and panel gaps are just so straight and true. Original Hella H4 headlights are nice and clear and fitted with the original headlight wipers. Indicators and rear lenses are free from damage. Factory fitted bronze tinted glass is all matching and in very good order. A new windscreen has been fitted some years ago and has the correct blue top tint. Door shuts, door bottoms, sills, floor pans, inner wings, bulkhead, scuttle panel, boot floor, cross member etc are superb. 2 very small plates have been applied on the outer sills...but that is all. There really won't be many of these around nowadays that are as good....it really is a lovely looking little car and it is exceptional in all the right places.
Open the door and a superb, factory specification interior awaits. No speaker holes cut into door cards or the rear parcel shelf. No upgraded CD tuners or multichangers. The seats have been covered for the majority of the 34 years. The bolsters are nicely shaped and the cloth is unmarked both front and rear. A small amount of stretching can be found on the rear seat. Door cards front and rear are lovely. The carpets are nice and clean and have been protected by genuine GM rubber mats at the front. None genuine carpet mats have been fitted at the rear. The gear-knob and steering wheel still retain a lovely factory texture and grain. The dashboard is completely free from any cracks or distortion and all the gauges, clocks, switches and stalks are in fully working order. The original Phillips radio cassette is still fitted...although this can be a little temperamental. Tyre pressure sticker still remains on the rear of the glovebox. The headlining and rear parcel shelf are superb. The rear shelf still retains its correct strings and hangers. The vinyl boot mat is in excellent condition and doesn't seem to have encountered any heavy use. The genuine GM part number sticker is still fitted to the rear of the mat. The spare wheel well is nice and clean and the jack and tools are all present and seem to have never been used!
This car runs and drives superbly and we would be inclined to say that it drives as good as it would have done when new. Service stamps and a vast amount of historic receipts and invoices confirm maintenance from day one and up until it went into storage in 2007. A brand new Webber twin choke carb with manual choke was fitted in 1999. The exhaust and radiator seem to be very recent replacements. Within the last couple of weeks, the following recommissioning work has been carried out by a well known Manta specialist to ensure that this car runs and drives just as well as it looks.
- Cylinder head removed and engine internally inspected
- Rebuilt with new head gasket ads all other gaskets
- Water pump
- Both cam belts
- Spark plugs
- Engine oil and filter
- Plug leads
All 5 alloy wheels remain in an unrestored condition and they do present well. The fifth alloy spare is shod with a Firestone tyre and the other 4 are all shod with matching tyres ( not Firestone ). The tread is excellent, however, due to the age of the tyres, it might be worth considering a replacement set.
Complete with the original blue vinyl GM owners handbook pack, service book, alarm certificate, current V5 and historic V5, a host of receipts and invoices, historic mot certificates, documents and window stickers confirming Opel Club membership complete a lovely history file which again shows just how much this car has been loved. Supplied with 1 original key.In summary. This is a fantastic example that can be kept almost completely factory original, admired and enjoyed as it is and would look superb at any classic car event. It could be improved along the way if that's your thing,,,but it would be at the cost of its originality. The choice would be yours. A lovely, lovely car that are now getting ever more difficult to find.