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21 Mar 2023

Opel Manta Owners Club going strong at 40

Opel Manta Owners Club Stand: 5-640
Opel Manta Owners Club going strong at 40
Opel Manta Owners Club at 40
Opel Manta Owners Club: Going strong after 40 years.

Formed in 1983, the intervening 40 years have seen the Opel Manta Owners Club undergo a dramatic change in profile. As one of the few Front engined/rear wheel drive coupes of the 70’s and 80’s, the popularity of the Opel Manta has increased in the last 10 years.

History of the Opel Manta

The Manta was given its preview at the Paris Show in September 1970, initially in three variations: the base model, Manta Deluxe (L) and Manta Rallye (SR).  It went on to be produced for a further 18 years and underwent an update in 1975 and a further facelift in 1981. Through the 1980’s, the Opel Manta GT/E became synonymous with era’s taste for fuel injection and sleek sporty lines. With the hatchback version, it also predated the Golf Gti in the Hot Hatch stakes.   It remains a firm favourite today for the discerning driver who wants a rear wheel drive sports coupe with something a little different from the norm.

The Opel Manta Owners Club

Formed in 1983, following an advertisement in “Motor” Magazine placed by a hand full of enthusiasts dedicated to preserving and enjoying the Opel Manta, the Opel Manta Owners Club (OMOC) was an immediate success as membership rocketed to over 2000 members by the early 1990’s.

Now looking forward to celebrating its 40th year, the OMOC is still going strong. Club members have a regular magazine and enjoy benefits such as a dedicated website and forum, a discounted parts club, owner’s insurance scheme, national and regional meetings and many other activities.

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