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This is was an ex road car build for rally use in full 400 guise ,i have done a quick check on gov sites last registered in 94 and last taxed in 91.

Just trying to find out for a good friend of mine who's brother built it and raced it,sadly his brother passed away recently.

Just to add he also built the Russell Brookes Rep you quite often see on internet parked up in what looks like an air craft hanger (5 stud conversion,with the holy grail wheels)

Hope someone can help👍

 

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On 30/12/2020 at 19:11, Jessopia74 said:

Are you just looking to find it or buy it?

Just to find atm Jess ,however if it does exist still there may be a pursuit of sale....cheers for your swift reply.👍

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16 minutes ago, evo3000 said:

Just to find atm Jess ,however if it does exist still they may be a pursuit of sale....cheers for your swift reply.👍

Np,  was not immediately clear. Keep an eye out for it on the FB groups for you.

maybe worth contacting the last known teams for the car?

https://www.ewrc-results.com/carinfo/103-opel-manta-400/?spz=5071

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8 minutes ago, Jessopia74 said:

Np,  was not immediately clear. Keep an eye out for it on the FB groups for you.

Yeah my fault ,should of been does anyone know the whereabouts of this car DOH!..Thanks👍

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6 hours ago, simon powell said:

unfortunately A 50SBX  got stolen from a guy i think in sheffield sadly never heard of again

Do you know how long ago that was at all👍

 

14 hours ago, ®evo03 said:

Was originally phil collins car?

Forgot about the Phil Collins car..i shall relay that info to my mate...cheers...just to add his brother owned and raced the car in about 89 to 90

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sadly i dont know when it got stolen i did speak to the guy who was looking after it at the time they bought A50 and only used her once before she got stolen i run a facebook site manta and ascona 400 rally i have 2 pictures of her on the last event i will post them and see if any body knows any more

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16 hours ago, Danny D114BCW said:

I wonder where that went/is. I imagine cut up 

scum sucking pond life they are Danny whoever it is that took it..my good friend has just informed me his late Bro did have an ex Phil collins ex works mk 2 escort at one point aswell...however he was totally unaware of the history of this particular manta.

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Yep it’s a sad thought but so long as we make them harder to steal. Mines got a top notch alarm etc on it and bits “missing” so it won’t even be easy to take with the keys 

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The whole 400 thing is completely different, no door locks and normally no key ignition, probably was ordered for its engine, wouldn't be the hardest thing to change engine number codes.

Besides from the cars themselves, i was never really interested in a 400, too rare, impossible to get some parts for, the 400 rally cars have a sketchy history, and owners have alot to miss out on..... wasnt there two guys recently trying to prove they had the real mccoy! #25 ac delco manta.

Ive loads of interest in rally 400s, following rallying as a kid, and watching local rallys, and internationals on TV. Its been ages since i seen a manta rallying. Probably why i got into them! Something different. 

The car mentioned above was a big star in the Donegal Rally, local man hired it for a few yrs in the 80s and done well with it. 

Never really understood why so many have NI reg plates, adz 31. I believe one of bertie fishers was built from a green gtj or cavalier shell. There where others built in ROI.  I remember seeing a advert of someone building them in sheffield, 

Would really like a good informative book on them, the history, and facts, surely the two examples mentioned above where not counted in the offical head count, so there should be more.

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1 hour ago, ®evo03 said:

The whole 400 thing is completely different, no door locks and normally no key ignition, probably was ordered for its engine, wouldn't be the hardest thing to change engine number codes.

Besides from the cars themselves, i was never really interested in a 400, too rare, impossible to get some parts for, the 400 rally cars have a sketchy history, and owners have alot to miss out on..... wasnt there two guys recently trying to prove they had the real mccoy! #25 ac delco manta.

Ive loads of interest in rally 400s, following rallying as a kid, and watching local rallys, and internationals on TV. Its been ages since i seen a manta rallying. Probably why i got into them! Something different. 

The car mentioned above was a big star in the Donegal Rally, local man hired it for a few yrs in the 80s and done well with it. 

Never really understood why so many have NI reg plates, adz 31. I believe one of bertie fishers was built from a green gtj or cavalier shell. There where others built in ROI.  I remember seeing a advert of someone building them in sheffield, 

Would really like a good informative book on them, the history, and facts, surely the two examples mentioned above where not counted in the offical head count, so there should be more.

I totally agree on this one..can the club have some clout on this matter😎

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4 hours ago, ®evo03 said:

The whole 400 thing is completely different, no door locks and normally no key ignition, probably was ordered for its engine, wouldn't be the hardest thing to change engine number codes.

Besides from the cars themselves, i was never really interested in a 400, too rare, impossible to get some parts for, the 400 rally cars have a sketchy history, and owners have alot to miss out on..... wasnt there two guys recently trying to prove they had the real mccoy! #25 ac delco manta.

Ive loads of interest in rally 400s, following rallying as a kid, and watching local rallys, and internationals on TV. Its been ages since i seen a manta rallying. Probably why i got into them! Something different. 

The car mentioned above was a big star in the Donegal Rally, local man hired it for a few yrs in the 80s and done well with it. 

Never really understood why so many have NI reg plates, adz 31. I believe one of bertie fishers was built from a green gtj or cavalier shell. There where others built in ROI.  I remember seeing a advert of someone building them in sheffield, 

Would really like a good informative book on them, the history, and facts, surely the two examples mentioned above where not counted in the offical head count, so there should be more.

Yeh I know the cars are different, but they’re all easy to take.

A lot of the 400s were built in Coventry (around there if not) too for Opel (UK & Europe ones). Yeh 400s are great but it’s a totally different world. 

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Most of you know I own an original '400'. Safely fitted away, and a .30-06 watching it. What makes that car special?

1: The engine, 2: The rear axle, 3: Its rare...

1: The engine is made out of an old CIH lump with an experimental Schrick 16 valve head. The Germans could'nt fix the 2 litre so together with Opel and Cosworth the combination of a 2.4 and the upgradet head works great. But my personnal opinion is if you fit that 16V head on a 2.0engine it won't work. No torque.

2: The 4/5 link axle is a benefit for that car. I owned for more than 35 years Manta's and feel the difference on the road. But someone that can weld makes no problem to fix the same rear axle setting.

3:Yeah it is a rare combination of all this would make this car special. But most of all; is the fact this car is also made by local manufactors, guys that want to race and rally this car and rebuild them. I have a lot of respect for them, 

Grts, Herman

 

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I have no respect for the scum sucking pond life that stole the car...whatever their intentions were.....its fair to say if the car does exist still as a whole it would of been replated 

with all numbers changed,but the chances are back then it would of been broken for parts as the complete cars were not worth as much as they are now😢

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As it turns out its just aswell A50 SBX will probably never be seen again....well as far as my friend is concerned that is...😕

You might have a chuckle at this one.........its because his wife hates them and dislikes the shape of them,and was given the classic ultimatum the car or her......🤣each to their own i quess🙄

I tend to think its more to do with his already large collection of motors.

Would still be nice to think A50 SBX is still out there in a barn or garage somewhere waiting to be discovered.😉

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In the early nineties, a ex works 400 was for sale, £10,500, got a photo somewhere, got a spin in it the previous year, to a petrol station at a parc ferme for a rally.  At 14, just couldnt convince the bank manager, maybe he invested?

1 hour ago, evo3000 said:

You might have a chuckle at this one.........its because his wife hates them and dislikes the shape of them,and was given the classic ultimatum the car or her......🤣each to their own i quess

The woman has no taste.....

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