What could be better than driving a youngtimer like the sporty Opel Manta GSI? In addition to being a fun and compact sports car, it is also of great importance to Renze that it has always remained in the region from the first owner and the story behind the car is also decisive for him.
By: Dirk de Jong
Renze: “I fell in love with the two-door model and the design of the Opel Manta GSI from a very young age, but also because I knew the owner and had the time to admire the car.”
out of order
“Many years later, I came across the now infamous Opel Manta GSI again, which had been standing still for some time and had been decommissioned. Too bad the car was no longer original. The car was lowered, an open roof was installed and the technology left a lot to be desired. The decision to buy it was on the one hand the 'feeling' I had with the car, but also the excellent condition of the body and chassis. The first tectyl treatment – done by a professional at the time – paid off, there was practically no trace of rust.”
Rear axle specialist
Renze now opted for perfection. The Opel Manta GSI was first taken care of by a specialist who installed new bearings and new springs. The car was thus brought back to the normal ride height. It goes without saying that the specialist installed only original GM Opel parts (hard to find and very expensive, but necessary for originality). The Opel Manta GSI also underwent another anti-corrosion treatment by Dinitrol for a long service life. This was followed by the overhaul of the engine and the Opel Manta GSI regained its beautiful shine through a completely new coat of paint.
Roofing sheet transplant
In order to do everything in the original Opel way and to remove the old open roof, specialist Hoogstra in Dokkum peeled off the roof and attached a new roof sheet in the original color. The transitions were soldered with copper. Talk about originality and craftsmanship.
Wir sind wieder underwegs
The first ride Renze wants to drive this year is the 'Creme 21' rally, a household name in Germany in the youngtimer scene. A unique rally with a unique atmosphere, where all cars from the 70s/80s participate and where the Netherlands is always well represented. There are also plans to participate in the Beaujolais rally at the end of this year and to bring the first bottles of new harvest to the Netherlands.
That the Opel Manta GSI has a prominent place at Renze makes this story clear.