1985 Opel Manta GT/E

WHO Colin Jones MILES 82,500 PROVE­NANCE Full his­tory from 1994 MODS Twin head­lamps HOW MANY LEFT 84

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I’ve owned this car since 1994. I bought it lo­cally for £100 when it was nine years old. It had been hand-painted red but was com­plete and the orig­i­nal GT/E in­te­rior was in re­mark­able con­di­tion. I started the restora­tion the same year and fit­ted a new back panel, driver’s door and both front wings, all sourced from Vaux­hall, which you could do 24 years ago. The rest of the body was stripped to bare me­tal and re­sprayed in Opel Carmine Red. Cir­cum­stances changed and the car was shelved at the back of the garage in dry stor­age for 20 years. In 2014 I was in a po­si­tion to fin­ish the nut and bolt restora­tion, only this time it was re­sprayed to a much higher stan­dard.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

The car came with no his­tory other than an MoT cer­tifi­cate. I ap­plied for a Fee Pay­ing In­quiry to the DVLA in 1994 (this was be­fore in­ter­net) and have all in­for­ma­tion it held for its first nine years. I now have a large his­tory file of all work and pur­chases over the last 24 years. The car is now only used dur­ing sum­mer on dry days. I’ve found noth­ing to dis­be­lieve the cur­rent mileage.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

Noth­ing, be­cause it was ex­ten­sively re­stored four years ago in­clud­ing new tyres, all brake and fuel pipes. I would de­scribe it as in show­room con­di­tion but it is not con­cours.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

Only mods are Manta Ex­clu­sive twin head­lights, rear bumper and back­flash, plus I fit­ted a CD player. But I’ve kept all the orig­i­nal items so it could eas­ily be put back to orig­i­nal.

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