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M-400 At Guy Colsoul's Workshop

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A few days ago I've been at Guy Colsoul's workshop. The pictures are made with a cell-phone

but I want to share them on this forum:

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There was also a lightweight M-400 body ready to build up, Escort Mk1 and Mk2 rally cars, Lotus Cortina, Porsche and some other nice

stuff!

Grtz!

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Who Rallied the Bastos Manta? i take it that this is the original rally example, either way i still want it !!!

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Guy Colsoul did. This is an original 400 rally car.

Colsoul is a well known Belgian rally driver. He was first in the 2-wheel driven catagory of Paris-Dakar with an Opel Manta-400.

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This is the Paris-Dakar 400, more than 30 years ago! Also a Bastos Manta.

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Guy Colsoul, i remember that name now you have mentioned it, just not fully up to speed on who drove which Manta.

 

 just out of interest, is that a Citroen Visa behind it ? and i think Citroen made a four wheel drive version, not sure why !!

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A few days ago I've been at Guy Colsoul's workshop. The pictures are made with a cell-phonebut I want to share them on this forum:

There was also a lightweight M-400 body ready to build up, Escort Mk1 and Mk2 rally cars, Lotus Cortina, Porsche and some other nicestuff!Grtz!

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Those bull bars are specially for Africa, I've been some months over there and sometimes you can't

stop when animals cross your way. And yes, it is because these things are usefull, not beautifull...

About the sunroof: It open's the other way, the front goes up so it ventilates the inside.

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Bargin... is that 2 of the price of one.... em, maybe not. Bull bars are a big turn off.

Nope thats the price each ...... 

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Herman, would be interesting to read a full article, interview and some nice pics. Differences between tarmac 400 and safari 400. And the driver, owner guy colsoul. I did read somewhere that carbs sucked in alot of the desert, and caused reliability problems. Also did they run volvo back axles.....? Which of the pics above is lightweight? One must be tarmac spec, manta without lamp pod. Safari is lamp pod and glass reversed sunroof! Is that correct? More pic needed

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@ Autocrosser:Nice pictures! (The "S" in Bastos is hidden because of cigarette advertising rules)

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Another picture of the Dakar 400!

@ brady: An interview with Colsoul is not easy, the man is very busy! I think the most important differences between the tarmac and Dakar 400 are that the suspension of the tarmac is lower, the engine of the Dakar has got less power because of reliability. About the sand sucking carbs, been over there and I think

it can be a problem! Our engines have got cyclone-filters in dusty country's.The reversed sunroof was an invention of Guy himself.

I didn't take any pics of the lightweight, had no fotocamera and the body was complete naked.

About the Volvo axles: These days they are very popular, because original 400 axles are very rare and even Commo axles are expensive.

The Volvo axles are very reliable and fit if you weld the brackets over.

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The reverse sunroof was a clever idea as the Manta 400 did not have the best of ventilation to keep occupiers cool, even Mike Broad commented on that on the Manta Magic vid. Also the Dakar 400 had a huge runner board on the boot lid so co driver could stand on it and jump up and down to help aid traction in soft sand and mud.

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