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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LIVING WITH CLASSICS -

Si­mon is the sec­re­tary of the Opel Manta Own­ers’ Club and pro­pri­etor of Suffolk County Man­tas, spe­cial­is­ing in the cars. He says: ‘ Ten years ago, when Man­tas were un­der­val­ued, the mod­i­fied scene saved cars from the scrap­yard. How­ever, the cur­rent trend is to re­store to stan­dard, at least vis­ually. Small im­prove­ments, elec­tronic ig­ni­tion or a stain­less steel man­i­fold and ex­haust, don’t af­fect value but big vis­ual mod­i­fi­ca­tions – body kits and en­gine trans­plants – will re­duce the value, although most peo­ple only mod­ify cars that need restor­ing. Our club has well over 300 en­thu­si­as­tic mem­bers. Most no longer use them as a “daily”, though they still can be very prac­ti­cal cars.’

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