1982 Opel Manta B GT/E

Fast, nimble and with an awesome look, the 1982 Opel Manta B GT/E represented everything, all the potential that the Manta platform had exhibited since its debut in 1970. The model had received a face-lift in 1975, and by 1982, all the kinks and wrinkles had been ironed out, giving enthusiasts a car that could more than compete with its rear-wheel drive contemporaries. Designed and built in Germany, this Opel exuded performance and menace, with the addition of an integral spoiler at the back and a suspension good enough for the track. It also did away with every bit of chrome, giving it a look that belied its small size.

1982 Opel Manta B GT/E
1982 Opel Manta B GT/E

The Manta B GT/E was equipped with a 108 horsepower, 2-liter overhead valve four-cylinder engine, in a straight configuration. It allowed the small car to accelerate to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 120 miles per hour.

The Opel Manta B GT/E remained in production until 1988; it was a car that was tremendously fun to drive; it was fast, handled well, and even more importantly, it even looked the part.

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