This Opel Manta Is A Bolt Of Orange Lightning

Welcome to Found Around Town, where we feature cars we find in a city where interesting ones are rare because everyone drives a Prius or rides a bicycle: Austin, Texas. » 10/28/12 9:00am 10/28/12 9:00am

For $2,100, Be Down With The Manta

I don't know if manta rays prowl the Mediterranean Sea surrounding the Isle of Capri, but I do know that today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Opel Manta once vied with Ford's Capri for import coupe sales. This one's a rare survivor, but will its price survive your scrutiny? » 6/06/12 8:00am 6/06/12 8:00am

Buick Regal Coupe closer to reality

Follow the logic: Vauxhall builds an Insignia-based coupe, meaning GM can build a Buick Regal coupe, meaning they can give it 312 horsepower and AWD and call it the "GNX." Just call us the kings of wishful thinking. » 5/13/11 11:15am 5/13/11 11:15am

HTT Pléthore: How Do You Say McLaren F1 in Québécois?

Springing forth from old Jalopnik posts and the icy wastes of Canada is a mid-engined hyper-super-mega car with an eye-violating SEMA paintjob and a Corvette V8 engine. » 2/15/10 12:30pm 2/15/10 12:30pm

Jalopnik's Top 28 Vintage GM Car Commercials

We've shown our favorite Vintage Chevrolet commercials, but what about GM's other car divisions? And we don't just mean Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile; Vauxhall, Holden, and Opel did some great ads as well! » 1/30/09 11:00am 1/30/09 11:00am

Top Ten Best Wedge Car Designs Of The 60s, 70s and 80s

In car design, the wedge is something we can appreciate. Here's our list of the top ten most influential wedge-shaped designs of the 60s, 70s and 80s. » 12/30/08 12:00pm 12/30/08 12:00pm

1973 Opel Manta Luxus

Welcome to Down On The Street » 10/07/08 9:00am 10/07/08 9:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Most of the time, the manner in which I locate and photograph these cars follows the same pattern: I grab my camera and walk to a neighborhood I haven't checked out in a while…

Swingin' Opels Consume Germany's Entire Output Of Tape Stripes

Nobody swings quite as hard as German employees of General Motors- in fact, these Opel cats are wailing! » 9/04/08 11:00am 9/04/08 11:00am Just take the early-70s Kadett, Manta, and Ascona, apply about 50 pounds of decals and stripes per car, and watch the cars fly off the showroom floors. Thanks to for the tip!

March Madness, Jalopnik Style

Interested in all the March madness tournament bracketry, but not really into college hoops? Maybe you're looking for a way to redeem yourself after penciling-in Duke to go all the way? Whatever the case, we've decided to throw our own Jalopnik-style bracket-madness party! Instead of basketball, we've got cars! And… » 3/26/08 1:30pm 3/26/08 1:30pm

Manta Manta Revisited: The English-Dubbed Trailer

If you've been around Jalopnik for a while, you already know that Manta Manta is perhaps the greatest German street racing film ever made. But for those of us not fluent in Deutsch, we've been left wondering what exactly is going on. Well, now thanks to this recently discovered English-dubbed trailer for Manta Manta,… » 3/12/08 4:30pm 3/12/08 4:30pm

What To Drive In '75: Manta or Capri?

In our last What To Drive In '75 episode, we saw the 1975 Ford Maverick Grabber beat the 1975 Oleg Cassini AMC Matador in the poll. Today we're going for an all-import matchup, though it's a classic GM-versus-Ford contest as well. The Opel Manta and Ford Capri were bitter sales rivals across the Atlantic, and both… » 12/05/07 11:00am 12/05/07 11:00am

Manta in Frankfurt, But Where's the Foxtail?

While stalking the nether regions of the Frankfurt Auto Show, Kapitan Bumbeck stumbled across this fine example of a Manta GT/E. This '79 model features a rousing 105 Pferdestarker and a bodykit wide enough to plug the Fulda Gap; we're grooving hard on the period BBS wheels. The question is, would Jimmy McRae drive… » 9/18/07 2:30pm 9/18/07 2:30pm

The Manta Goes and Feeds You an Omelette of Disease



It walks the streets at night. It goes where eagles dare. It picks up every movement. It picks up every loser. With revised eyes and features, you think it really cares? The Manta ain't no goddamn sonofabitch. You better think about it, baby. » 7/25/07 10:45pm 7/25/07 10:45pm

Manta! Cheetah!

By the time the Opel Manta B dropped, GM's Rüsselheim Krush Krew had dropped the silly nonsense regarding Egon and his new auto. Instead, it was all about the power, strength and beauty of the cheetah. Seeing as we're suckers for both Mantas and really freaking fast cats, it put a little bit of the giddy in our… » 7/06/07 8:15pm 7/06/07 8:15pm

Return To Us Our Manta! It Shall Save GM!

Call me "Ich-Manni." Here in the electron-bright pages of tha Jalop, I have often implored manufacturers to bring back a simple, lightweight RWD sports coupe. We collectively have bemoaned the lack of availability of certain European models built by American manufacturers but not sold on our shores. And of course, I… » 6/29/07 4:30pm 6/29/07 4:30pm

A Teutonic Tribute to the Mighty Manta

We're assuming the soundtrack is the theme song to the film Manta Manta, which we have only seen pieces of. Regardless, for all mulleted men named Manni out there, it is a must-watch. That means it's obviously mandatory for you to see, dear reader. » 6/25/07 6:00pm 6/25/07 6:00pm

Manta National

A Finnish fellow, name of Tapi, restomodded a Manta A. And then he dropped in a Buick Grand National mill with a 2004R behind it and made donuts. Well, after all, wouldn't you? » 6/19/07 3:45pm 6/19/07 3:45pm

Towing a Manta!

In a measure of respect to the almighty Mr. Diddley, we offer up this video of a man towing a Manta 1,110 miles kilometers to the tune of one of a song Bo appeared in a video for, as played by a guy from Delaware and some naval vessels. And what a sweet little Manta it is! '71 Manta A. We would so roll Gaffey… » 6/14/07 10:45pm 6/14/07 10:45pm

Manta - der Film, Total Geil!

Truth be told, my Manta fixation goes back over 25 years. As a kid visiting Northern Ireland, I was inextricably drawn to GM's Euro ponycar; it seemed the most American thing on the road, coiffed, as it was with cues that spoke of Yankee muscle. Camaro ducktail here, Monza curve there. Okay, fine. I was influenced… » 6/08/07 4:45pm 6/08/07 4:45pm

Plural Opel Coupes, Black Metal, Mantas!

We can't believe we spaced on this, seeing as Venom frontman Cronos has been known to show up at Spinelli's old LasagnaFarm project from time to time. But if you needed further proof about the supremacy of the Manta, please note that Venom, who likely were attempting to be the scariest band in the world, manned their… » 6/07/07 7:00pm 6/07/07 7:00pm