1985 Replica/Kit Makes Manta Mirage For Sale

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US $5.000.00
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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
Coupe with Removable Top
Exterior Color: 
2 Door
Interior Color: 
350 V8
Number of Cylinders: 
Manual 4 Speed
Drive Type: 
Mid Engine
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Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
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Description 1985 Replica/Kit Makes Manta Mirage

1985 Manta
Mirage Can-Am McLaren M8
#2 0f #9 -
VIN CT33077
I’ve been told I am going to regret selling this car.  In almost 30 years the car including
myself has only had 3 owners.  They
are rare and hard to find.  If you
do not like attention, this is not the car for you.  It draws a crowd every time I drive it.
I had this listed last year but the winning buyer ended up
being fraudulent.  Ebay refunded my
fees and I have just been enjoying the car since.
What is it:
The Manta Mirage
was a mid-engined vehicle produced by Manta Cars, owned by brothers Brad and Tim
LoVette, in Costa Mesa, California from 1974 to 1986. The Mirage, originally
referred to as just the 'Manta', or the 'Manta Can-Am', was a lightweight
road-legal car, based on the McLaren M8 Can-Am racing car. The Mirage's steel space
frame chassis was fitted with a high-output V8 engine and 4-speed transaxle.
Most Mirages were equipped with 327 in³ (5.4 L) or 350 in³
(5.7 L) Chevrolet small block V8 engines, though some used 454 in³
(7.4 L) or 460 in³ (7.5 L) V8 engines. The original Mirage
design mated the Chevy V8 to a Corvair transaxle via a Kelmark adapter and
remote shifter. The bodywork was all hand-laid fiberglass, pre-colored in a
range of gel-coat colors. Gull-wing doors were fitted to a removable top
section, while the doors flip forward for entry. With curb weight as light as
1,900 lbs the cars could be built by the factory or their owners to be
extremely fast.
Length – 160”
Width – 75”
Height – 39” w/5” ride height
Weight – 1,900 lbs dry
Chassis – Truss type tube construction of 2” and 1 ½” square
mild steel tubing of .065 to .093 wall thickness.
Body – Hand laminated fiberglass with color impregnated in
New Chevy 350 four bolt main engine built by a Jet Engine
Machine drive
Edelbrock Performance cam package
Ported and polished 202 valves
Aluminum fuel tank
850 Double Pumper Carburetor
Custom 3 ½ inches headers
Rear 15/10 GM 5 bolt pattern P295/50R15
Front 15/8 Mustang 4 bolt pattern P265/50R15
Front Suspension – Mustang II independent with 300lb coil
over adjustable shocks disc brakes
Rear Suspension – Corvette Axles and Corvair trailing arms
drum brakes
Muncie 4 speed transmission
Full Dakota Digital Dash
Pneumatic side doors
Pneumatic engine cover
Upgraded stereo with DVD/Bluetooth/6.5” Touch screen
Vacuum operated headlights
Windshield wipers (blades removed in picture for better
Neal pedal assembly
Originally had a/c – some pieces remain
Custom rear wing
Custom tail light system
Guards Red Exterior
Red and Grey interior with black carpet
Enki wheels
Painless wiring harness
New clutch master and slave cylinders
5/2013 New $432 Optima battery
New oil pan seals
New valve cover seals
New gearbox seals
New radiator hoses
Professionally flushed and reconditioned radiator
New aluminum radiator fill
Fresh oil change
New overflow container
$1,700 Kenwood monitor/receiver with amp and speakers
$2,674 complete pneumatic system overhaul and new compressor
New rear coil braided brake lines
Recent front end alignment
Final Comments:
This car has been registered in CA/CT/AZ/GA, it has a VIN #.  I have a file full of documents and
information on the car that will be included in the sale.  This vehicle is sold as is.  No warranties.  If you are not familiar with this type
of car then please come look at it in person before you bid or send someone to
look at it for you.  I will not
answer ‘condition’ questions, as that is all subjective.  One person’s 10 is another’s 1 and one
person’s 1 is another person’s 10. 
Come and see the car before
bidding.  I drive this car when it is nice so the mileage will likely be more than when this listing goes live. 
I also reserve the right to end the auction at any time due to local interest.
No trades.  I don’t want to sell the car at heart
and will only sell it if the reserve is met.  If it doesn’t sell I will keep it so this is a one-time
opportunity to obtain a rare car like this. There is not a buy it now price. 
Be the highest bidder and once it reaches the reserve you will be the owner.
I have over 200 Ebay transactions with a 100% positive
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