An  Indicator Switch for the Opel Manta B series Indicator Switch in good good used condition which came from a 1984 Opel Manta. £15 plus delivery.

For Sale - Opel Manta B series Indicator Switch - £15

On offer are two very rare and special posters; the first of these features the German prototype Manta A series turbo. It is a lovely high gloss quality print and measures 56 cm by 56 cm.

For sale - Opel Manta A series poster

The second features the early Manta B series in a stunning Haynes Manual style cutaway drawing. Finished in high gloss quality print and measuring 60 cm by 60 cm.

For sale - Opel Manta B series poster

Each poster is priced at £15, which includes delivery to a UK address, with easy payment by PayPal.

Original posters and sales brochures for classic GM vehicles are not exactly plentiful in the UK, stocks are very limited and I will not be replacing them, so don't hang about if this is what you need for your man (or woman) cave.


28/12/15 - Opel Manta B series poster sold
23/01/16 - Opel Manta A series poster sold

It's spot the Opel time again...

In 1961, de Havilland began working on a revolutionary small business jet, the DH.125 Jet Dragon, intended to replace the piston engined de Havilland Dove business aircraft and light transport. The DH.125 design was for a low-winged monoplane with a pressurised fuselage accommodating two pilots and six passengers. It was powered by two Bristol Siddeley Viper turbojets mounted on the rear fuselage. The slightly swept wing employed large slotted flaps and airbrakes to allow operation from small airfields. The first of two prototypes flew on 13 August 1962, with the second following on 12 December that year.[1] The first production aircraft, longer and with a greater wingspan than the two prototypes, flew on 12 February 1963, with the first delivery to a customer on 10 September 1964.[2][3]

The aircraft went through many designation changes during its service life. Hawker Siddeley had bought de Havilland the year before project start, but the old legacy brand and the "DH" designation was used throughout development. After the jet achieved full production, the name was finally changed to "HS.125".

When Hawker Siddeley Aircraft merged with the British Aircraft Corporation to form British Aerospace in 1977, the name changed to BAe 125. Then, when British Aerospace sold its Business Jets Division to Raytheon in 1993, the jet acquired the name Raytheon Hawker. The fuselage, wings and tail-fin are to this day fully assembled and partially equipped (primary and secondary flight controls) in Airbus UK's Broughton plant, on the outskirts of Chester, sub-assemblies are produced in Airbus UK's Buckley (Bwcle in Welsh) site. All these assembled components are then shipped to Wichita, Kansas in the United States, to where final assembly was transferred in 1996.

Over 1,000 aircraft have been built.

The cpu or central processing unit for a fuel injected Manta B. Used condition. £20 plus delivery.

An engine control unit (ECU), also known as power-train control module (PCM), or engine control module (ECM) is a type of electronic control unit that determines the amount of fuel, ignition timing and other parameters an internal combustion engine needs to keep running. It does this by reading values from multidimensional performance maps (so called LUTs), using input values (e.g. engine speed) calculated from signals coming from sensor devices monitoring the engine. Before ECU's, air/fuel mixture, ignition timing, and idle speed were directly controlled by mechanical and pneumatic sensors and actuators. One of the very first attempts to use such a unitized and automated "ECU" device to manage multiple engine control functions simultaneously was created by BMW in 1939, for their BMW 801 14-cylinder aviation engine, and known as the Kommandogerät, operated only by a single throttle lever.

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On offer is this used Opel Manta B GT/e Ignition Coil Pack. Please note that the Manta B was in production from 1975 right through to 1987, there is a common miconception that the faclifted Manta B from 1981 onwards was called the Manta C, this is simply not true.

This item is available for £15 plus delivery. It came off a 2.0 litre Manta B GT/E from around 1984.

An ignition coil (also called a spark coil) is an induction coil in an automobile's ignition system which transforms the battery's 12 volts (6 volts in some older vehicles) to the thousands of volts (20 to 30 thousand volts or more) needed to spark the spark plugs. Some coils have an internal resistor to reduce the voltage and some rely on a resistor wire or an external resistor to reduce the voltage from the cars 12 volt wiring flowing into the coil. The wire which goes from the ignition coil to the distributor and the wires which go from the distributor to each of the spark plugs are called spark plug wires or high tension leads.
This specific form of the autotransformer, together with the contact breaker and a capacitor (still referred to in automobile parlance by its old name of "condensor"), converts low voltage from a battery into the high voltage required by spark plugs in an internal combustion engine.
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The Opel Manta A series SR and Berlinetta models were fitted with these 13" x 5.5j wheels. Unlike later models these wheels had just 4 slots. In the American market narrower 5j wheels were fitted, possibly to accommodate the local penchant for cross-ply tyres.

This is the last set of four I have they probably don't look too good, but I have seen similar wheels come up a treat after a professional blasting and powder coat; (I had mine finished in silk black, then masked off and sprayed the silver highlights myself. This gave as near an original finish as possible and they have lasted over 10 years outside without degradation).
The cost would be just £10 per wheel, sadly all the really nice ones sold out back in August.

There is a company advertising wheel delivery on eBay for delivery at £30 see here If you know of any better delivery deals let me know!

Here's the story of the Rostyle wheel, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Rostyle wheels are a notable design of wheels for cars made by the British firm of Rubery Owen, a diversified industrial company which made many car parts. The wheels had an unusual pressed steel form to imitate the few ribs of mag wheels at the time, but were painted black (or perhaps body color) and aluminium. They were designed to do without hubcaps or wheel covers, and were especially popular during the 1960s and 70s.

The firms MG and Rover, amongst other British sporty cars in the 1960s often specified these wheels as original equipment instead of ones made of light alloy (aluminium or magnesium) or wire wheels. Rostyle also made chromium plated wheels for Jensen, Rover and, famously, the Ford Cortina 1600E, originally designed for Ford Chairman Len Crossland's wife. Painted Rostyle wheels were also the only wheel option on the Range Rover for many years following its introduction. These 16-inch Rostyles where used on the Range Rover until 1986 when they were replaced by alloy wheels. The Rostyles then became optional fitment to the short wheelbase Land Rover (the wheels were not strong enough for use on the long wheelbase models). The Land Rover maintained its optional Rostyle wheels until 1995, becoming the last vehicle to offer them from new.

They were made in Britain, as well as under license in Germany and Argentina. The Rostyle wheels had a metal label in the center with the emblem of the car company on it. Today, special masks must be made to paint the wheels of restored cars to resemble the original.
Max Sinclair, the sales manager for Rubery Owen in the 1960 to 1980 period has stated that "We changed the face of motoring, and Mag wheels followed us as their reliability improved."

Today I sent out a set of Gabriel shock absorbers for the Opel Manta A series, they are rather ancient and came off a club members project some decades ago.

You compress them fully and give them a twist to change the setting from fast road to extra fast road and finally race damping. I tried them for a while and they would do the job for a track day car but might be a bit harsh for the road.

Gabriel Adjustable Shocks - a bit harsh for road use

Gabriel shocks are still produced in the USA. This is the company's history.

In 1900, Claude Foster, a pioneer in the automotive parts industry, founded a company in Cleveland, Ohio, that was named after its first product, Gabriel horns for horse-driven carriages. Foster later developed the first shock absorbing device, the “Snubber,” for which he was granted the first U.S. patent for a direct acting shock absorber in 1907.
The company continued to prosper in the suspension business and sold direct acting shock absorbers to both the OEM and replacement markets.
In the early 1960’s the Maremont Corporation purchased the Gabriel Company and started construction of a new shock absorber manufacturing operation in Pulaski, Tennessee. The Cleveland operation was closed and the new Pulaski operation became a modern facility producing all of Gabriel’s shock absorber requirements.
A second production and distribution facility was opened in Chickasha, Oklahoma, in the early 1970’s, and the Pulaski operation was phased out and transitioned to a new world-class facility in Queretaro, Mexico, in 2001. In addition to the Oklahoma and Mexico manufacturing and distribution centers, a corporate headquarters is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s the Gabriel name became synonymous with technology-advanced products such as Hijackers and Striders. In 1978, Gabriel introduced the first gas charged shock absorber developed and produced in the U.S. Struts were added to the product line in the early 1980’s and the company became a strong competitor worldwide.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s strong consumer advertising programs led Gabriel to market share equal to the only other major U.S. shock supplier in the U.S. Throughout the 1990’s and into the 2000’s, Gabriel has become the standard for service in the replacement markets and continues to expand on a global basis.

I have used these on my Manta A and have to say that they performed very well. Bendix is not a name I associate with brake components but I think a lot of these parts all come from the same bin and just end up in different packaging.

A few to clear so now on eBay, stop me and buy one.

Opel Ascona, the saloon car that gave rise to the Manta Coupes and later outlived them in front wheel drive guise.

A used 1960s AA Grill Badge design to be mounted on the front grill with the screws provided.

The chrome is in good condition for its age and polishes up beautifully. Some very slight pitting is visible right up close, but no rust. The yellow part is stonechipped and could do with removing and repainting, a 30 minute job.
Screws and fixings present and working.

The serial number is 7B48512 which dates this as 1960-61 see

Also a 70's - 80's era badge; to me this badge is as much of the era as Raleigh Choppers  or Terry and June  and reminds me so much of  trips to the sea side during the long hot summer of 1976

Lucas 5712 Sealed Beam Headlamps, I came across these an eternity ago with the usual Opel spec Bosch and Hella items.
These were never OEM parts at Opel but found there way onto many British classic cars including the Vauxhall equivalents of the Opel range.
For example; Cresta PC Viscount 1965-72, Firenza 1971-75, Magnum 1973-76, Ventora FD 1967-72, Ventora FE 1972-76.

What are the advantages of sealed beam units?

Reflector Will Not Rust.... no more MOT failures due to low light output or poor beam spread.
Glass doesn't get dirty or mist up on the inside.... where you can't clean it.
Earth connection is on a spade connector.... doesn't depend on a lamp making good contact with the reflector body.
Rubber sealing boot not required.... no hidden gremlins with the electrical connections.

Having failed to find any takers in the Opel sphere, I put them on eBay.

They have been selling like hot cakes!

Like a bigger version of the Kadett B housing from a few months back. In good used condition it has been sanded down and sprayed in silk black every few years to keep it all presentable.

A new and unused Opel Chrome Hub Cap which I believe is for an Opel Rekord D series. It is much deeper than the type used on the Opel Manta A series of the same period.

It measures 24cm in diameter and the chrome plate is in mint condition. With a little effort it could even be turned into a fantastic retro wall clock. These are becoming hard to find items and once this is gone I won't have any more to offer.

A new and unused Opel Kadett C Front indicator kit, a genuine GM part by Hella. If I remember correctly this is for the earlier cars where the indicators are mounted below the front bumper.
The kit includes the backing plate, lens, sealing grommet and lamp. It is unboxed and in new condition but there is a small crack on the flange of the plastic lens. For this reason I will send an additional new, sealed and bagged lens with the kit.

These are becoming hard to find items and once this is gone I won't have any more to offer.
Now on item (#200504198246)

Sublime design.......

White indicator lights originally specified for the Italian car market. They are always a popular and highly desirable item, which look great on just about any colour of car.

Image of 2 Opel Manta A series / Kadett C series indicator lenses
Clear indicator lenses - look great on just about any colour of car

Pattern part, new old stock.

For Sale - Clutch Cable for Opel Manta GT/E

Suitable for Manta A, some early Manta B, some Vauxhall Cavalier mk 1, Opel Ascona, Opel Rekord and others. New Old Stock pattern part.

Opel Kadett B series Air Filter Housing - New Old Stock. Unusually this one has a sealed oiled wire element instead of the more common disposable paper filters.

Opel Kadett B series Air Filter Housing
Opel Kadett B series Air Filter Housing

Update - This item has now been sold 03/08/2010

Genuine OEM Parts as New Old Stock, good quality, heavy duty items in white. Specified for Opel Manta B, (1975-87) but probably a better fit for cars without body kits.

For sale - Opel Manta B series mud flaps - £10

In my opinion the white colour could really only be used on a white car or possibly rally style car, but it's your choice.

Obsolete GM spares are not exactly plentiful in the UK, this is the very last of my stock and I will not be replacing them, so don't hang about if this is what you need for your classic Opel.

Send a message or leave a comment if you have any enquiries.



23/02/11 - Sold

So 70's a chrome plated rocker cover for the cam in head (C.I.H.) engine fitted to the Opel Manta, Vauxhall Cavalier and other popular models.

Chrome plated rocker cover - cam in head (C.I.H.) engine
Opel chrome plated rocker cover - cam in head (C.I.H.) engine

Chrome plated rocker cover - cam in head (C.I.H.) engine
For sale - chrome plated rocker cover - cam in head (C.I.H.) engine

Chrome plated rocker cover - cam in head (C.I.H.) engine
For sale - Chrome plated rocker cover - cam in head (C.I.H.) engine

James called round to collect a pair of new old stock Monroe shock absorbers part number R1566 it appears that not only are they suitable for the Opel Manta A series, but they are also correct for the Vauxhall Chevette saloons.

 Unfortunately for James he had obtained Chevette hatchback shocks off eBay and they were too short for the task. I recalled that there was a difference between the inclination of the shocks on the saloon models.

In working condition, with a reasonable sound given the limitations of AM radio.

For Sale - working Vauxhall Opel GM AM radio - £15


Way back in the 1990's I had the good fortune to acquire a fine selection of new old stock parts for classic Opel cars from the 1970's; cars such as the Opel Manta, Opel Kadett, Opel Commodore and Opel Rekord.

They were dutifully tucked away in the darkest recesses of my loft and as a new millennium arrived so the tide turned and the parts began to re-emerge ready to give a new lease of life to an old Opel.

Some of these hard to find Opel Classic parts went to get an everyday Opel back on the road, whilst others went to help a show car pick up yet another prize.

As the loft finally releases the last of its dusty prisoners, I present to you this blog as a record of all those rare and precious classic Opel parts for your delight and delectation.

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