Manta Mirage, Manta Montage | Sun, 03 Feb 2013 Posted by : Donnie
I wish I had a bit more info to add to this post, but here is it…..
Larry just send in these photos of a Manta he picked up in Naples. Thats all!
Enjoy and as always if you are a kit car you would like us to post on price of his toys feel free to use the contact page and send us some photos and detailed information. We love to see what our readers are driving.
Manta Mirage | Wed, 22 Aug 2012 Posted by : Donnie
Check out this rough but complete Manta Mirage located in Florida. Looks like a good start for someone in the market, but will need some attention to be a great driver. They have it listed with a BIN of $8500. To check out the listing Click Here
Manta Mirage | Wed, 27 Jun 2012 Posted by : the13bats
Seems this car was just listed and sold not too long ago.
We can’t see much in the couple pictures, the black looks stunning and it does look very complete and unmolested,
The way the ad reads it could make me believe the car was bought to flip, the seller knows or is telling little about it.
While I am no big fan of a VW front suspension under a fire breathing mid engine car the Corvair gearbox in the “manta/kelmark” turned around 180 was the real weak link, the quill shaft is frail, no hole shots, the gearing is for a low power car so 1st gear isn’t used much and you do lots of shifting in traffic,
The way the differential is being loaded running in reverse and no oil flow on the ring and pinion substantially reduce it’s life span.
Being I do love these cars I have seen some fixes during the years, but the age of the Corvair parts making them hard to find and the band aid fixes adds up to a savvy Mirage builder should just step up to a nice Audi or Porsche transaxle and be done with it.
The seller admits it needs a full restoration so if you are in the market, considering the economy either pick this one up at a good price of just buy a turn key and go play.
Manta Mirage | Tue, 24 Apr 2012 Posted by : Donnie
One of our readers John send us an email about this Manage Mirage that is for sale on the Bay. According to the auction the car was fully assembled at one time, but sometime in 1988 it was disassembled for paint and other improvements and never put back together. It has a 331 Chevy small block with a kelmark adapter kit.It also have a really cool digital gauges set up.
The BIN is $12,500 and I want it! So if all you readers would like to see a new price of his toys promo car start donating..hahaha.
Manta Mirage | Tue, 10 Feb 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
KAZ, who’s built more than his fair share of awesome kit cars, sends along some classic shots of the Manta Mirage. The blue one is his Manta Mirage, showing at the Houston Auto Rama in 1976, and the orange one was photographed at Tim La Vette’s facility in California when KAZ went to pick up his Manta. I especially like the last photo.
Manta Mirage, One-offs | Fri, 30 Jan 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
For some reason, not everyone is a fan of the Mirage’s rear end, which is pretty much the opposite of it’s long pointy noise — flatly snubbed off. Personally I love it — it really exaggerates the car’s rocketlike appearance. As a quick reminder:
But, like I said, not everyone is a fan. For example, this Mirage has a wing molded into the rear, which actually does a nice job maintaining the race car appeal. The corners have been extended back and rounded off a little as well.
Here’s a Manta Mirage where it seems like the owner would have rather bought a Ferrari, as he’s spent hundreds of hours molding in the lights and rear deck from a Testarossa kit car instead. The problem with this, as I see it, is that the Testarossa is a very distinctive car and many people will recognize this vehicle as an odd Frankenstein’s monster. Nonetheless, a nice job that I’m sure will appeal to many. Just not me.
This one’s a little more “futuristic” looking — the owner molded in the rear section of a seventies Corvette and mounted lights from a Fiero. The connection between the Vette and the Mirage is a little awkward (you can still see the Mirage’s wing), and I’m not convinced the front and back of the car match aesthetically, but it definitely has a lot of potential.
I’ve saved the best for last I think. This Mirage has what I’m pretty sure is a Manta Montage rear molded in. It’s a great fit stylistically and really looks like it was designed that way. It does a wonderful job of extending the rear and making it look a little more natural, and gives the car a sleeker and less obviously aggressive look. Of the modified Mirages, this one is my favorite.
Manta Mirage | Sun, 21 Dec 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Leo in New York is working on this Manta Mirage project… Seriously, I don’t think there’s a meaner looking car out there than the Mirage. Even half-assembled it looks amazing from all angles.
eBay, For Sale, Manta Mirage | Mon, 15 Dec 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
There’s a great looking yellow Manta Mirage up for sale on eBay (#130276088113) in Davenport, Florida with opening bid of $10,000. From the description it sounds like this is the long version (both a short cab and long cab version existed — the latter was required for taller owners). The seller writes,
It will comfortably sit two large adults. It was originally set-up for a driver that was over 6 feet tall. There is plenty of leg room in both the driver’s and passenger’s side compartments. It can cruise equally well on the highway or in city traffic. The engine is a well-built 350 cu. in. Chevy V-8 small block. It has a Holley 4-barrel carb, and a Mallory electronic ignition. It has always been exceptionally well-tuned. It has a 4-speed manual transmission and an electric pump to lubricate the gears at higher speeds. The transmission was completely refurbished by Jones Racing during the car’s restoration. The transmission also has a separate cooler. The cooling system utilizes a big, aluminum Griffin radiator and electric fan so that you can drive this car in the hottest conditions. The suspension is upper and lower A-arms in front with adjustable coil-over shocks with upper and lower control arms for easy camber adjustment. The gauges are new. The tires are 245/50/14 in front and 295/50/15 in the rear. They are in perfect condition with less than 1,000 miles on them. These tires are a perfect balance for both the street and road racing courses. The body was originally painted red in a gel-coat finish. During restoration, we elected to change the color to chromium yellow. There is no chipping, webbing, or paint-over on the body. The original headlights and headlight cans were removed. The headlights were remounted in the front air dam for stylistic purposes. The car includes a removable soft top. However, this top is not appropriate for driving purposes. It is more of a protective soft top when washing or transporting the car. I suppose you could drive with the soft-top in place, but I would not recommend it. All of the lights, turn-signals, and electronics work. During restoration, we installed a AM/FM/CD player with speakers that was not on the original car. The car has a windshield wiper base, however, we removed the wiper for stylistic purposes.
The car was just listed so as I write this there are still almost ten days left in the auction.
Manta Mirage | Mon, 15 Sep 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
You know, even packed away in a crate the Manta Mirage is one of the best looking kits out there. This is Eric’s (firstname.lastname@example.org) project. Unfortunately he’s short a windshield, and Manta Cars doesn’t have any left for him and has no plans to make more…