Leon Posted May 10, 2008 Share Posted May 10, 2008 Hi all Been into Mantas for years but for some reason I just never got round to buying one. I got a decent tax rebate in January and decided I was going to spend it on a "new" car, so I started trawling through ads looking for a clean Chevette. The plan was to get a non rot-box, carry out an XE or 2.0 SEH conversion and just use it as a daily driver. Problem was, every Chevette I saw was either a basket case or a "barn find" that some chancer wanted £2000 for even though it hadn't been near an MOT station in 15 years. All I wanted was a relatively clean daily driver type car and found one surprisingly hard to get hold of - so I expanded my search to Mantas It was the same story with Mantas - £250 welding-practice fodder or £4000 20,000 miler concours, neither of which I wanted. Until eventually I came across one on a classic car site which took my fancy. It was a 1988 GT Exclusive - someone has fitted GTE skirts, and the nicer GTE Exclusive interior and alloys. It was also a hatch (perfect! I needed a hatch for it's load carrying abilities) and it was a 1.8 (ideal for my engine plans) so I went to have a look at it. Overall it was very straight. Some very very minor bubbling around the sunroof which will haunt me in years to come no doubt, good sills and solid original (as far as I can tell) chassis rails, solid original battery tray, crossmember, boot floor and so on. The paint was quite dull, it's been resprayed a couple of years back and it looks like a bit of a rush job particularly below the swage line. Also obviously had replacement wings as it has no side repeaters despite being F reg! It drove nicely so I made an offer on the asking and took it home. Here she is as I bought her: Nice clean interior Next up some pics of the structure Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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