Happy birthday, Opel Manta!

On a warm September day in 1970, around 400 journalists travelled to Schleswig-Holstein near Hamburg, Germany to test drive the all-new Manta, Opel's latest creation, a compact and stylish 2-door coupe. Fifty years later, around 40 Manta owners gathered near the beach Lübeck Bay on the Baltic Sea to celebrate the Manta's 50th anniversary in front of a guest of honour, Mr George Gallion, the father of the Manta A. Each participant received a special Manta drawing, signed by Gallion himself, to mark the occasion.

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  • Those were the days, when the big volume brands built coupes that were attainable! Looking at the Opel Manta, mk. 1 and 2 Scirocco, Ford Capri, Renault Fuego, Fiat 124 Coupe, Peugeot 504 coupé, Toyota Celica, Honda Civic coupé and CRX... I'm certain there's still a market for affordable, fun and/or beautiful coupés. Anyone else laments the fact that they aren't built anymore?

      24 days ago
  • Used to love this car in its day and still looks fab 👍🏼

      24 days ago
  • The time when Opel made great stuff.

      24 days ago
    • Absolutely!

      my mother had a 1971 white Manta A 1600S with black vinyl roof, it was awesome to look at, and very comfortable. My father had a 1973 yellow Opel GT/J.

      Opel really made some amazing looking cars back then...

        21 days ago
    • Specially the GT... Nice... And the Kapitaen, Diplomat and Senator beasts... Rekord, Ascona B..

        21 days ago
  • Happy birthday, Opel Manta! @tribe

      24 days ago
  • Awesome!

      23 days ago

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