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  1. Paint code for White Gold is E421. You should be able to check this on the aluminium VIN plate riveted to the front panel - bottom row of stamping. A White Gold Manta with beige Daytona check seats will also have trim-code 308 stamped bottom-right of the plate. I cannot remember the grey Daytona check code at the moment but if your car is not showing 308 then the grey seats are probably original.
  2. Manta GL limited edition. All in silver with steel sunroofs and 2.0S engine. Yes, has basic instruments and four-spoke steering wheel. Blue interior trim like this (picture of my car interior, not the one for sale).
  3. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231517627710 JGS 167Y in Polar White was the other one in the series - used for the Autocar road test.
  4. Shame it was crashed. JGS 166Y was one of the original Vauxhall-Opel press cars in 1983. The car featured in a really good magazine road test article in 1983 where it was up against a Lancia HPE 2000. Manta came out best against the Lancia and a whole list of other cars back then. I remember reading the article at the time and you can find some images on Flickr now after a bit of Googling. There were also some black and white press photos issued about July 1983 which I think featured 166Y, which ties-in with the June first registration, plus there were other press cars in the series. I think JGS 165Y was a gold coloured GT/E hatchback.
  5. Great video Herman - those Asconas are getting away...!
  6. Originally a narrow bodied car. Still with its 6 x 15 Ronals but fitted with i240 wheel arches - unusual choice for a 400 road car...
  7. Hi Ian, Try using a small pin punch to drift out the centre pin. I seem to remember these clips were used on replacement panels which did not have the welded trim pins like original factory-fit clips. Maybe means the car has had a replacement wing at some time. The clips probably have a spigot which fits into a drilled hole on the wing - the centre pin spreads the spigot to lock it into place. If you drift it right through the clip should release. Then catch the pin to re-use later.
  8. Here are some photographs showing the Chevair bonnet as original fitment on the Manta 400 road cars. You can see the slightly raised profile in the side view of the white car. The silver 400 shows the different top profile. On a standard Manta bonnet the central crease line runs nearly the full length of the bonnet and only blends out approx. 200mm from the rear. On a Chevair/400 bonnet the crease line disappears about 400mm from the front, with the main central bonnet area being higher and flatter. All quite subtle but noticeable when you look closely. You can see it quite well in the silver car picture. All done on the 400 to give extra clearance for the intake plenum and tracts cast into the cam cover, plus the crankcase breather pipe routed over the engine.
  9. Does the bonnet have four parallel slots in the internal cross-bracing instead of the irregular/tapered ones on a Manta? If you put a straight-edge across the underside, how much taller is it at the highest point compared to a standard Manta bonnet?
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