The Opel Manta 400 Is a Group B Homologation Special You Probably Don't Remember

It's a glimpse at the world of Group B mere moments before the series went turbo and all-wheel drive.

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The Opel Manta 400 was built as a homologation car to compete in Group B rally, but by the time it was ready to compete, the rest of the field had moved to things like turbos and all-wheel drive—neither of which the Manta had. It's not as widely celebrated as some of our other Group B hero cars, but it should be.

What the 400 lacked in outright pace it made up for in character. Wide, boxed arches and a three-piece wing made it look great, while a high-revving engine sending power to the rear wheels made it a true joy to drive.

Henry Catchpole of was lucky enough to get some seat time with one of the 245 Manta 400s built, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. This particular 400 is pretty special—it's one of just 60 that got those sweet flared fenders, and one of just 11 painted in silver (the rest were white). This car was also converted from left-hand drive to right-hand drive at a Vauxhall dealership in-period.

It might not be as wild as an Audi Quattro or Lancia Delta S4, but the Opel Manta 400 is a legend all the same.

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