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The Manic GT

The Story

A Canadian sports car with a difference, the Manic GT fused the best of European designs with an American aesthetic. The front of the body was deliberately designed with a European look while the back of the body was more North American in appearance. Typical of the period, the body was made of fibreglass. In this interview, we hear the enthusiastic inventor Jacques About describe his car and his plans for the Canadian market.

Medium: Radio
Program: Matinee
Broadcast Date: Feb. 9, 1970
Guest(s): Jacques About
Host: Pat Patterson
Interviewer: Jacques Larue-Langlois
Duration: 10:16
Photo: The Canada Science & Technology Museum

Did You know?

• The Manic GT was manufactured in Terrebonne, Que., from 1969 to 1971. A total of 160 were produced until the company ran out of money. According to Perry Zavitz's book, Canadian Cars, 1946-1984, it also suffered from a sluggish parts manufacturer, Renault, which failed to deliver supplies on time.

• The Manic GT was a two-seater touring car offering good performance and great gas mileage at an affordable price. At the time, a Manic was priced at $3,400 (worth $21,000 in 2015 dollars), but it was competing with the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.

• One Manic GT has been preserved and put on display at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.





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