When used car shopping, we often wonder about the previous owners of the cars. What were they like? How’d they treat the car? Well, there’s one 1975 Opel Manta in Ireland that would be nearly impossible to find such information on, as it’s had a surprising 34 owners.
According to Ireland’s vehicle history report firm, Cartell.ie, an Evergreen 1.6-liter 1979 Opel Manta has traded hands 34 different times since 1975. The car has had a new name on its logbook nearly every year since it was built, much more than any other vehicle registered in Ireland.
The car that has traded hands the second most is a 1998 Opel Astra, which has so far had 27 different owners. According to Cartell, the average number of owners for any given used vehicle is 2.64. They also found there were 22,181 vehicles on Irish roads that have had 10 or more owners, 177 that had 17 owners, and five that had 25 or more.
Cartell.ie director Jeff Aherne said the number of owners a car has had is an important part of its history and may be a sign of mechanical issues or poor maintenance.
“The higher number of owners, the more important a history check becomes. If the car has a higher number of owners, and if it changed hands recently then you have to question whether the vehicle has mechanical issues.”
There’s no word on the mechanical state of the 1975 Opel Manta, but we’d like to believe it’s out there somewhere running strong, ready to go to its 35th owner.