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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. Too many silencers?

    Numbers in the drawing are the old Bosal aftermarket part numbers. May be able to use them for cross-reference or find some old-stock Bosal or Walker exhaust boxes.
  4. Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    Yes, will do. May take the plate off to get a better picture. Thanks for the Campagnolo decal link . Probably best to take care with these wheels and find someone who knows what they are doing. The original paint finish is quite robust but once damaged the magnesium can corrode and pit readily. Best to stay away from too heavy abrasive blasting - anything with steel or iron embeds in the surface and makes corrosion worse. Glass bead could be better if not too coarse, maybe something less harsh like walnut shells or soda. Hopefully you can find someone with the right experience. I expect they where chemically treated when first manufactured with a chromate or phosphate process before the paint finish was applied. Epoxy powder-coat is probably the way to go for the finish. No rear screen sticker on my car unfortunately . The only other thing I can think of for the rear screen is the foam protection mat. Made from about 10mm thick grey foam, rectangular in shape and about the width of the rear window. It has the 'Centaur' logo about 300mm long stencilled in black across the middle. The idea was you were supposed to place it between the folded halves of the rear screen to protect against scratching. Age degrades the foam and although the lettering is slightly raised it may just be that the paint has stopped it shrinking as much as the rest. Either that or they where made with some sort of moulding process. 083 still had the mat when I got it - it lived on the parcel shelf or in the boot for a while, now 'lost' up in the loft somewhere. I will come across it at some point the next time clearing out is done... I was looking for the original hood operation handbook recently (if you can call a couple of pieces of paper stapled together a handbook) - stashed away so securely with the Cavalier owners handbook I can't find it at the moment. Hopefully it will turn up....
  5. Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    A couple of other minor labels when you are having bits and pieces remade. Original Magraw/KJ Motors front number plate and fitting on 083. They used the original rear below-bumper backing plate, rather than discarding it when the rear plate was relocated above the bumper. The little label is only on the front plate and is a light silvery colour. Stuck on the surface rather than made as part of the plate like a lot of dealer plates are. If you want I can measure the size so you can have a copy made when the dashboard badge is done - just for that authentic finishing touch... You may already have these if the wheels have never been repainted. Clear label backing curved to match wheel rim. Inside the wheels showing the original design fitment in the 1970s. Obviously not seen when tyres are fitted...
  6. Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    Yep, Colorado Beige. Original colour showing under the flaking paint on the chin spoiler and around the wiper spindles. No idea what the current blue is called. Car will go back to original shade when restored.
  7. Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    Another one-eyed Centaur in a sorry state...
  8. Must of been a factory option to of had the opelsport steering wheel surely,a GTE steering wheel does not belong in a manta 400 that's for sure. Good job steering wheels are not painted steel grey, otherwise the shade of black could be in question... Car looks good and as it would be from the factory - a nice example that is not messed about with and in the rarer Astro Silver. Original style headlamps and rear seat belts as per 400 road car spec. Yep, steering wheel is GT/E and spot-on for a 400 road car from the factory - a lot have been changed over the years and Irmscher could probably have fitted a different wheel if the first owner wanted it but this one looks nice and standard. Paint work does look a bit flaky around the VIN plate and it may have had a repair - trim under the headlights was often painted body colour on wide-body 400s as the ends are cut back to fit front arches. This one is black, so may have been changed or could have been like that from new - they were hand-assembled after all. Only other difference is the gear lever, which is Monza style on this car - some cars seem to be like this but others have a lever knob shaped like the earlier 4-speed Manta B. Should make someone a happy new owner...
  9. Ascona 400 (VBH 788W) info

    Hi Martin, The information I have is a little old now - dates back to 2005. Chap I bought my Ascona from had owned quite a few at one time and another, at least four, maybe five or more Ascona 400 and a few Manta 400 examples. One of his cars was VBH 788W, along with TVS 578W which was at Rally Day on Saturday. He confirmed that VBH 788W was sold abroad and then its new owner converted it to left hand drive. I don't know the date when it was sold (obviously prior to 2005) but think it may have been to Germany. I suppose there is every chance it still exists somewhere on the Continent; the owner of the white Manta 400 road car at Rally Day is a member of the Opel 400 club and it is possible he may know someone who owns or has more information regarding the car. Posts here as H-400 - I will send a message to let him know you are looking for information.
  10. Rally Day 2017

    A few more pictures from Rally Day... Manta leaving a trail of destruction... Smoking Manta... Back in action...
  11. That is the original standard-fit steering wheel for a later Manta 400 like this one...
  12. Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    John Taylor article was 'Country Life' July 1978, according to Vauxpedia site. Wondered what that was - was too small to see clearly when the car was on eBay.
  13. Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    Hi Simon, Try this link (although I guess you may already have seen all the info.) Cavalier U-car. Section 3 press photos, Section 8 Centaur. Should be able to read the article featuring WGU/026. Some of the dates and details do not seem quite right (stating there was only one 1900 for example, when you know different...) but he has got access to a lot of info. on the site. I have not been in touch but whilst researching the history of my Chevette 2300HS I spoke with Andrew Duerden at Vauxhall Heritage - he was very helpful with the HS but unfortunately Vauxhall have nothing regarding Centaurs. Which is understandable really because as Andrew rightly said, the cars were not a Vauxhall engineered product even though they were sold through the dealers. What other published info. do you have? I have a copy of the original 1978 Autocar article - has some fantastic colour pictures of VMV/YGW and I think possibly also WGU on the title page. When I get to a decent scanner in a week or two I will try and get a copy posted up if you are interested. There may also have been another article featuring WGU 777S. One was posted on the OMOC site a good few years ago but will have disappeared when the site was upgraded - be interested to get a copy/scan if someone has one. http://vauxpedianet.uk2sitebuilder.com/vauxhall-u-car---cavalier-mk1
  14. Centaur pics, info, owners etc

    You probably came across this auction last year in order to note 065 in your listing. There are a couple of errors but it does note that a red car (VMV 77S / YGW) was the first and the 1978 magazine article below states WGU 777S was the second, with differences in the design compared to production versions. I did a V888 history enquiry on WGU - will put up some details later. Decent photos will be tricky as it is locked away in storage away from home at the moment but I will see what I can do at some point. LIJ 9716 may be a red herring - cannot see KJ Motors registering a car at Downpatrick, County Down VRO. All the KJ cars are London and South East VRO - MV, GU, GW. Even my 083 was first registered at KJ Motors - MY. Possibly a typo with the dates, or when the car was exported or re-registered? Centaur details from eBay auction – December 2016 KJT 202W – Car 065. Registered 1st August 1980. Orange Tan The colour is called Orange Tan. I worked at Vauxhall dealer KJ MOTORS Bromley which was owned by Garth Macgraw who also owned Magraw Engineering. He was also best friends with the owner of Crayford Convertibles who lived locally to Bromley in Kent. All cars were Cavalier GLS Coupe models and never the Opel Manta versions. I am not sure how many were made but i think about 200. The very first one made was a solid red one which remained in the ownership of Garth Macgraw in his Bromley showrooms until his death in 1983.
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