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View Poll Results: Cool Manta?
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The Manta B was launched in 1975, and ran until 1988. During it's lifetime it evolved from metal bumper to full eighties plaggy-bumpered glory, and gradually ended up with modest power increases. The cars handled well, looked pretty cool and had spin off rally success halo-dom.

My mate had a turquoisey metal bumper job and bought the body kit, took it up to Newcastle at a paintshop on the quayside and ended up with a peach. Tan suedey effect interior - the first CD player in a car I'd ever seen......Blondie Parallel Lines as we regularly bombed up North (to Newkie or Sunderland) for nights out.

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I never considered them desirable. In fact, I never considered them at all. For that reason, uncool.
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I liked the look of the notchback, the hatch always looked a bit off. Looked better in small bumper form. But I'd still rather have a 3.0 Capri. For that reason, uncool.
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Had a couple of these back in the day. Really rate them. Very tough, proper competition heritage, a chassis that can handle far more power than the old cam in head motor can deliver. When did you last see one? Watch the value of these go sky high like capris when people remember them & start saving them. Sub zero for me.
 
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Had a couple of these back in the day. Really rate them. Very tough, proper competition heritage, a chassis that can handle far more power than the old cam in head motor can deliver. When did you last see one? Watch the value of these go sky high like capris when people remember them & start saving them. Sub zero for me.
I saw a link to one for sale on Retro Rides:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-Furious-...item4189c8ee21

Mega-bargain I thought. If it was an Escort in that spec and condition it would be pushing 25k.

I agree their time will come but I still prefer Capris.
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I very nearly bought a new one but can't quite remember what about it just put me off.

Uncool.
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Great car (in it's day) but uncool.
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uncool for me, drove one back in the day and very uninspiring.
 
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Cool for me.
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Cool for me too but i am biased i had one. As i said on another thread, miles better than my mates Capri i drove.
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I remember watching them in the circuit of Ireland back in the 80's in the hands of Colin Mc Rae's father and Austin McHale had the broadest wheel arch model 400 i have ever seen and it was black. Amazing chassis for a Vauxhall and am iconic rally car of the 80's. Too cool for School ........great memories.
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I remember watching them in the circuit of Ireland back in the 80's in the hands of Colin Mc Rae's father and Austin McHale had the broadest wheel arch model 400 i have ever seen and it was black. Amazing chassis for a Vauxhall and am iconic rally car of the 80's. Too cool for School ........great memories.
This not the 400 version, just the cooking model. I think we've previously voted on either the Manta or Ascona 400.

This is one of those like the Integrale example where we might need to be clearer as to whether it is the whole range or version specific.
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Ahh ...fair do's Jim. Its such an iconic car from my own youth ......the manta being too cool for school.
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Had a 1978 metal bumper model hatchback. Loved the look, it even had Ferrari five spoke look-a-like wheels (in my mind). Blue suede velour interior (factory) and a **** auto three speed which sucked all the (reasonable for the day 100) BHP out of it.
Drove average but looked to me the dogs. I always wanted a Capri and somehow ended up with a Manta.

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Very cool I had two a gte hatch and a berlinetta coupe in black loved them both.
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I have a confession here.

While visiting the Aston workshop at Newport Pagnell as a child, I saw the second picture you can see in this listing:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ASTON-MART...item3f46304aa9

Now I was familiar with that picture, as I had a copy of that exact brochure myself. The brochure makes no mention of the car on the far left, so I had always wondered what it was.

The workshop was the perfect opportunity to find out, so in all innocence I asked the question - probably sending a shudder of revulsion through every worker present:
"What's that car on the right? The one that looks like an Opel Monza?"

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I still don't like the Zagato version of Aston's to this day mind.

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I think it was in it's day, yes.
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Don’t think any Opel has ever been cool.

Not even Claudia Schiffer in the adverts on the continent for the German build Vauxhalls, puts the Opel brand anywhere near the cool box.

The first Opel Manta model was not a bad looking at the time, but this model B is as elegant as a Leopard 2 tank.
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A coupe, not the hatch, and in white = cool.
At least in the 80s it did for me.
Probably looks naff now.
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