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I know this section should be for Manta project but i've just purchased a 1988 Cavalier Calibre it which is a rare cr for £350.00. The car has been garaged for 3-4 years due to previous owner having personal problems. After having a good look over the car the only rot is on one of the sills about this size of two 50p's other than that the car seems very solid. I know this models has a reputation of rusting so I was suprised to find one in this condition. Just need to get it Taxed and MOTed.

Can anyone tell me the difference between a it and a none it Calibre?



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1986 Opel Manta GTE

and the something else has arrived its a 1988 Vauxhall Cavalier Calibre it

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The last Cavalier Mark II to be produced was the Cavalier Calibre. Based on the SRi130 with styling from Aston Martin/Tickford and the bodykit, sports suspension and exhaust being produced by Irmscher, it was a limited production run of only 500 cars. The car came with a very high specification including a trip computer, Recaro seats, power windows and power steering. It cost around £13,000 when released in 1987. It now has classic status, as only 71 are registered with the DVLA, of which less than 20 are thought to be on the road.

OMOC #5826..... 79 SRB coupe - 'interesting project', 79 Cav saloon - 'another interesting project', 1993 Senator 24v. Yakshimash.

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Looks like you've had a right result there, Kev....Well done M8

Minor restro = Leave it in the garage for a few years = make yourself a good few bob.........Buy yourself a pukka Manta with the




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I heard about this from a Mr Virco, you've got a decent car there Kevin!

You'd best get the rust sorted on it and store it up, those cars are worth a bit these days especially to the MK2 Cav club! [:0]

Oh and on a side note, I love the number plate [;)] [:D] (being i own a E30 BMW!! Hahahaha)

Sills?, what are those bits of rust laying on the floor then?

BOJ, Jodie, Chicken$h!t

Spares, Racer in waiting, GONE! [:(]


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http://www.clockservicing.co.uk/ For any clock repairs try here.

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Mate had one of those many moons ago,just to echo some of the others,thats f'in bargain mate,i haven't seen one of those for sale for many years,and it looks in such good nick.Do the bits and pieces,stick it in your garage,and watch the value of it go through the roof,very rare indeed,well done mate!!!

(ps,don't suppose you'd take £200.00 cash for it.........didn't think so)

Paul Ansell omoc 5963 (Birmingham)

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Here is a few more pictures. The garage put it through an MOT today to see what happened. I didnt pass but the items it failed on are minor.

Missing Fuel Cap

Missing Clamp on Exhaust


2 x Rust Holes

Head Light Bulb

There a couple of advisorys.

Chip in Screen

Tyre rubbing oil pipe

Rust on fuel pipe

and that is it.

Have found the old tax discs in glove box and the last time it was taxed was 2002 which means its been hiden in a garage for 5 years.







This BMW E30 is also down at the garage I use. The owner is having it done to take back to the Nurburgring. While I was down there they also had a Serria in for a Service. Seemed like the late 80's early 90's all over again.




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1986 Opel Manta GTE

and the something else has arrived its a 1988 Vauxhall Cavalier Calibre it

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Top Man Kevin!! - looks like we'll be opening a GM museum in MK soon!

Truly impressive - is this your mate who does work on your Manta then? Better get an agreed value insurance on this one - that's for sure!

Will be calling you soon to get a peak [;)]




1987 2.0 GTE Hatchback

1971 Opel Commodore Coupe

Old Mantas never die, they just get faster !

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Have a look at page 46 of the latest Total Vauxhall (June 2007 issue). There's a Mk2 Cavalier Hatch with a 16v engine fitted in there. I'm sure you'll find it of interest.

Your car is a classic piece of late 1980's motoring. A real timewarp. You'll be wanting a huge in-car cellphone and big red braces for your trousers to complete the look now.[8D]

The engine would make a nice donor to uprate an 1800 Manta if you decide to go for a 16v motor yourself too.



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Good buy you have there, I am a masive fan of mk2 Cavs, but not these plastic clad machines Im afraid. Go on to MK2cav.com and show them the car they will be really chuffed to see this baby! Its worth a lot of money if it's original well done!

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