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Opel Manta B series (1981-88) 1.8S GTJ by Paul Brennecker



Overview

The GTJ model was the first of the facelifted Mantas. Opel broke new ground, offering this model with the Family II Over head Camshaft engine. The engine was being used in most Opel models from 1982, in various sizes. The 1.8S GTJ bore little resemblance to the earlier GTJ model. This was the basic Manta Model, wheras the previous GTJ was the top of the range, sporting edition. With basic trim but the same mechanical components as other models, it proved to be the perfect entry level Manta.

The GTJ stayed in production for 1year, being replaced by the GT. The differences in trim levels seemed too small to continue producing them - the model dissappeared making it a rare example of relatively low volume production.

Identifying Features

  • 1796cc engine as standard.
  • Donegal Tweed Cloth Trim as standard
  • Colour Coded carpet
  • GTJ graphics on each front wing
  • See through front head restraints
  • Small front armrests
  • Single driver's side door Mirror
  • Body side protective moudlings
  • Bronze tinted glass
  • Hatchback bodystyle only
  • Laminated Windscreen
 
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