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RE: Spotted: Opel Manta i200/i400

RE: Spotted: Opel Manta i200/i400

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YorkshirePudding

1,947 posts

82 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Guvernator said:
They NEED to bring back boxy wheelarches. Every car I have seen with it looks absolutely fantastic!

E30 M3 - Yes
Lancia Integrale - Yes
Audi Quattro - Yes

Even this Manta is elevated by the presence of them. Any more I've missed?
HSR Chevette.


ApGt

43 posts

41 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Hmmm, what modern car would you give the box arch treatment to? Imagine an xfr with box arches.

slikrs

116 posts

85 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Love it, if only I had more garage space to hide it beside by Mk2 Escort and S2 106 Rallye - perhaps I could convince Dad to get rid of the Mk2 Jag!! But then already owning a caged Grp1 ish spec RS2000 I doubt this would get the use it deserves! Beautiful car though, sometimes wonder if I should have gone Griffin rather than Ford but I've spent more than that car's asking price on the RS and built it myself so it's staying.

I've never been a fan of the X-pack Ford kits though - Forest arches yes, tarmac perhaps a little wide and I do prefer the box arches to bubble arches but I prefer the Mk1 Escort shape to my Mk2.

I would rather have this as a 'fun' car than the new Exige though, but then character and old school feel has a lot to do with that - i.e. lapping while smiling and loving the experience while being lapped by the Exige driven by my Sister lol...

ApGt

43 posts

41 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Hmmm, what modern car would you give the box arch treatment to? Imagine an xfr with box arches.

falkster

4,218 posts

100 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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ApGt said:
Hmmm, what modern car would you give the box arch treatment to? Imagine an xfr with box arches.
I don't know if it would suit a modern car although boxey lines have become fashionable again, just look at the swayge marks on the new golf or new mercs.
I would like to see a box arched version of an ML.

fatboy69

6,751 posts

84 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Buy it, paint it in Andrews Heat For Hire colours, find a large field & pretend that you are Russell Brookes!!!

Such a great looking car even if it is far from authentic. It just looks so right with the boxy arches.

Epic car & a great spot. Want it.

dave stew

1,502 posts

64 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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I love Mantas. I owned two, one in 1983 when I was 18 and a second in 1985. Both were 1978 1.9 Berlinetta SRs. The first one I modded by adding a high lift can, 32/36 DGV Weber, big bore exhaust etc. Also a set of Group A rally Bilstein shocks that were WAY too hard for road use!

Happy days.

GestapoWatch

1,286 posts

87 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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shoutOH MY GAWD I FcensoredG LOVE THIS THREAD!!!! MORE MORE MORE....blahblahnutsnutssillysperm

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collateral

7,238 posts

115 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Does this count?


frogisland

210 posts

142 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Edited by frogisland on Thursday 26th April 13:47

s m

11,801 posts

100 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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fatboy69 said:
Buy it, paint it in Andrews Heat For Hire colours, find a large field & pretend that you are Russell Brookes!!!
You could do it stage by stage......

dave stew

1,502 posts

64 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Back in the day of course the works Manta 400 rally cars were quick and exciting. My hero was Jimmy McRae in the AC Delta car - he was the usual favourite on the Manx and Circuit of Ireland. The Manta could beat a quattro on tarmac events - but they had to try hard!

There is also that classic in car Manx footage of Vatanen clipping a dry stone wall, getting it straight quickly enough to get it through a gated cattle grid. I'm on my phone posting this but will up it off YouTube.

jetpilot

242 posts

53 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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I am starting to get a lot of love for that clean, uncluttered engine bay look. An engine and not more! There is a mint Manta at the end of my road, owned by an old boy as his daily driver, been very tempted to make an offer smile

monthefish

18,481 posts

128 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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e21Mark

5,616 posts

70 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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As good as it gets in my book.

Epic, as the kids seem to be saying nowadays.




s m

11,801 posts

100 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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dave stew said:
I love Mantas. I owned two, one in 1983 when I was 18 and a second in 1985. Both were 1978 1.9 Berlinetta SRs. The first one I modded by adding a high lift can, 32/36 DGV Weber, big bore exhaust etc. Also a set of Group A rally Bilstein shocks that were WAY too hard for road use!

Happy days.
I had a GTE and replaced the standard Bilsteins with the ones for the Chevette 2300HS - nice compromise for road use with some uprated springs

M666 EVO

888 posts

59 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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I love it. How much they want for it?

Silly money I would guess. 25k???

TheOrangePeril

352 posts

77 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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s m said:
Guvernator said:
They NEED to bring back boxy wheelarches. Every car I have seen with it looks absolutely fantastic!

E30 M3 - Yes
Lancia Integrale - Yes
Audi Quattro - Yes

Even this Manta is elevated by the presence of them. Any more I've missed?
Nova SR smile
Metro 6R4...

Skater12

Original Poster:

486 posts

55 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Some "alternative" options.










redgriff500

10,138 posts

160 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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A mate had one of these with the Senator 3l 24v engine in.

Must admit I prefer the look of the standard car.

I did always love the X pack Escort at the start of Minder though.

For fans of box arches type X pack or dimma into image search - everything had them in the late 80's.