Opel Manta Berlinetta (1974). Belated boyhood dream of Frits.

Opel manta berlinetta (1974). Belated boyhood dream of Frits.

The Manta was an innovative step for Opel. It wasn't just an old model that disappeared; a completely new model came onto the market. The Opel Manta was new, elegant and sporty. An attractive compartment in which four people could sit comfortably. There was a growing market for coupes, and the Manta quickly became popular for its looks and power, reminiscent of a sports car.

Love for vintage cars

Frits' passion for vintage cars runs deep. His warehouse almost resembles a museum in the making, including a beautiful VW Panorama bus and an Opel Kadett A coupe, both in excellent condition. In his youth, Opel Mantas were everyday cars that you often saw on the road. Perhaps for Frits it is a kind of nostalgia for that time; his love for the Opel Manta appears to be undiminished. Today it is a popular collector's item. Frits visits events to meet old acquaintances and talk about their shared hobby. It shows how important childhood memories can be, and how they can influence current preferences for certain brands and types.

The full story

Frits himself can tell the whole story about his impressive Opel Manta: “My search took several years. I wanted the more luxurious version of the Opel Manta, the Berlinetta with a 1900 cc engine. The appearance has also always appealed to me. The luxurious vinyl roof fits perfectly with the seventies.”

Beauty treatment

Frits: “Although the car already looks beautiful, I am still going to give it a new beauty treatment. I want to optimize the technical aspects as a winter project. When I'm working on my classics, I'm completely focused on this hobby. The hours fly by unnoticed, and those are the happiest moments for me. At those moments, the world revolves solely around the Opel Manta Berlinetta. I think I have retained the child within myself and am throwing myself into this adventure with enthusiasm, my belated boyhood dream.”




Select other newsletters if necessary

We won't send you spam! Read us privacy Policy .


Leave a Reply
  1. The Manta is an often unfairly maligned car. The film 'Manta Manta' makes people laugh. Like the joke that the Manta was available in a 75cm wide version. 'Then the driver could hang his arm out of the window on both sides.' Also that he had a magnet on his engagement ring. 'Then his hand wouldn't slide off the roof when he drove his arm out of the car again'…. 😅Lots of jokes have been invented, but it doesn't do the car justice. I absolutely loved those double round headlights the most. I think the Manta's snout is worth its weight in gold. The 1.9 engine had some 'oompf' (!) I miss them in the streets. And everything in the Manta (and in any case also its brand brothers from other types) is in an intuitive place in the Manta. Exactly where you expect it.

  2. I also own one, in brown and equipped with an automatic transmission. The first owner apparently had some money to spend.
    Unfortunately, the ghost of rust has been wreaking havoc under the vinyl.
    I hope someone can be found who can repair the roof, because I'll leave the tip to saw off the roof at the window frames and replace it with another one.
    Then someone who can reupholster the roof and someone who can provide the driver's seat with the original and correct color of fabric (also brown).
    Once all that is done, I still have to contact the RDW, because the car received a replacement license plate in the mid-80s and it seems that it is possible to get the original one back.
    Judging from the surviving Mantas that were admitted around the same time, it must be somewhere around this issue: 41-13-ZD. (note: not this one, because it is still driving around)

    • Just search for car vinyl roof replacement and you will come across several who can take care of that for you. You can remove the old vinyl yourself.
      The rest is specialist work, or you have to be very handy, have sufficient self-confidence and be prepared to pay an apprenticeship fee.
      Repairing rust holes in the roof and covering them with vinyl usually requires different specialists.
      A vinyl specialist may be able to advise you on finding a good welder.

  3. Lots of Opel GT content, but also usable as a family car.
    As always, the first series, like this one, is a lot more attractive than its successor.
    How I miss the time when they could be found at every scrap yard, just like Ford's Taunus and Capris. For some change you could then equip your bare car with expensive accessories.

  4. Beautiful, special article, with a longing for the past. A cousin of mine had 3 of them in the '70s/'80s, but they were already ripe for demolition and often (in his case) the engine was replaced by a 1.6... So he was cheated twice... 😂 Too bad, but on the counter often touched 2, but may have deviated due to the SR wheels being too small. Beautiful, dangerous and rash times.

Give a reaction

The email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

The maximum upload file size: 8 MB. you can upload: image. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here

Now on newsstands

View the nearly forty-page preview at this link or a click on the cover.

The December issue, containing:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super
    Erik van Putten explores the timeless charm of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super, with images of Bart Spijker and himself. The story delves into the world of Alfaenthusiast Koen de Groot, whose family is deeply rooted in the Alfa Romeo culture. Koens' special relationship with his Giulia, a car he has cherished for years and which will soon receive an impressive upgrade, is highlighted. The Giulia symbolizes car love and heritage, a passion enriched by Koen's father Frans, a Alfa Romeo expert and enthusiast.
  • Double Used Type Designations
    Peter Ecury unravels fascinating stories from the automotive world in the 32nd episode of his series on double-used type designations. This edition provides an update on the rumors surrounding Peugeot and Porsche and delves into the history of the type designation '142', used by brands such as Volvo and Austin. Ecury also discusses the evolution of the term 'GT' and the controversial use of the letters 'SS' in car names after WWII, with examples such as the Chevrolet Impala SS and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS.
  • Ducati 750GT, 860GT and 900GTS
    Hans Smid highlights the Ducati round carts, produced from 1972 to 1974, which combine minimalist beauty with unique technology. This article describes Ducati's drive for innovation and the creation of these models, highlights the challenges and costs of collecting them, and shows Ducati's journey from near ruin to iconic status.
  • Horex Imperator
    Marina Block tells the story of the Horex Imperator, an iconic motorcycle from the 50s, known for its sportiness and advanced technology. Despite the closure of the factories, Horex remained known, partly due to the cartoon character Werner and recent reissues. The Imperator, with its innovative parallel twin and overhead camshaft, inspired later designs and has been praised for its quality and design, despite limited sales success.
  • ClassicPost
    Readers of Auto Motor Klassiek share their discoveries and experiences. Eddy Joustra discovers a Peugeot 203 pickup in Heerenveen, while Robert Reessink photographs a unique Moto Guzzi moped in Italy. Stories range from Chris van Haarlem's Scottish scooter adventures to Bram Drooger's discovery of a Rolls-Royce Corniche and two FIAT 850s. Ben de Man finds a special Chevrolet Step-Van in the Netherlands, and readers share corrections and additions to previously published articles.
  • Nissan Silvia 1.8 Turbo
    Aart van der Haagen reveals the history of a rare Nissan Silvia 1.8 Turbo, originally registered as a commercial vehicle. The first owner transformed the car into a family-friendly vehicle, and Jan Manenschijn now cherishes this unrestored gem with only 67.000 kilometers on the odometer.
  • Peugeot 205 collection Team VCC Twente
    Aart van der Haagen highlights Team VCC Twente's collecting passion for Peugeot 205 models. Brothers Peter and Niek Olde Veldhuis collected unique examples such as the GTI and CTI, and even a rare 1.9 GTI Dimma. Their collection shows the transformation of a once ordinary model into a special classic.
  • Volvo and Classic Cars
    Alain Pondman from Volvo Lotte speaks about the true value of classic cars. He criticizes the trend of cheap, poorly maintained classics on Marktplaats, emphasizes the importance of making memories with vintage cars, and advises buyers to invest in quality and durability.
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1955 - Second life
    Max de Krijger tells the story of Hendrik Jan Hofman, a passionate Kever restorer. Hofman brought a badly damaged 1955 Beetle back to life with a dedication to perfection and detail. This green Beetle, complete with handmade high chair and open roof, reflects his craftsmanship. Hofman is now considering selling the Beetle to focus on a new project.
  • ClassicPost
    In the KlassiekerPost section of Auto Motor Klassiek enthusiastic readers share their unique finds and personal experiences. Eddy Joustra comes across a rare Peugeot 203 pickup in Heerenveen. Robert Reessink captures a unique Moto Guzzi moped on camera in Italy. Chris van Haarlem shares his Scottish scooter adventures, including an unexpected encounter with an Austin A30 on the Isle of Skye. Bram Drooger spots an elegant Rolls-Royce Corniche and two FIAT 850s. Ben de Man discovers a special Chevrolet Step-Van in the Netherlands. This section illustrates the diversity and deep-rooted passion of classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts, with stories ranging from local discoveries to international treasures. In addition, readers provide valuable corrections and additions to previously published articles, such as PBTM Matthijssen's input on the Ardie/Dürkopp Dianette, which contributes to the rich and versatile content of the magazine.
  • Once again almost twenty pages of short messages about everything that has to do with classics
  • And of course our section 'Classics' where you can shop around in search of your next classic.

The perfect reading material for an evening or more of undisturbed dreaming. It is now in stores. A subscription is of course better, because then you will no longer miss a number and you are also much cheaper. Not bad in these expensive times.

Mini. an icon with sporting aspirations.

Mini. An icon with sporting aspirations.

Renault 4 (1985): more than just a car for Olivier

Renault 4 (1985): More than just a car for Olivier