W niezwykle drapieżnym nadwoziu De Tomaso Mangusta udało się zamknąć włoski styl, wyścigowe podwozie i centralnie umieszczoną, wytrzymałą amerykańską jednostkę napędową V8 Forda. Za projekt karoserii odpowiedzialny był Giorgetto Giugiaro, a nadwozia powstawały w firmie Ghia. Licytowane De Tomaso należy do pierwszych prototypów – według dokumentacji jest to siódmy z około 400 wyprodukowanych egzemplarzy. Samochód w latach 90-tych był kompletnie odrestaurowany w USA, a kilka lat temu został ponownie odświeżony – otrzymał nowy lakier i przegląd mechaniki. W ostatnim czasie był gwiazdą konkursów elegancji, m.in. w belgijskim Zoute Grand Prix w 2012. Samochód sprzedany za ok. 1,2 mln PLN.
7 September 2015
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta
Chassis no. 8MA 518
£170,000 – £210,000
Sold for £201,600
271 bhp, 289 cu. in. OHV Ford V-8 engine, five-speed ZF manual transmission, unequal-length tubular wishbone front suspension with coil springs and an anti-roll bar, wide-base unequal-length wishbone rear suspension with trailing arms, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel power-assisted Girling disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm
A legendary 1960s mid-engined supercar
A prototype example; the seventh Mangusta built
Fully restored by US De Tomaso specialist Gary Hall
Recent, documented cosmetic restoration
In the midst of anti-Peron upheavals in Argentina in the mid-1950s, racing driver Alejandro de Tomaso made his way to Italy, where he drove OSCA race cars for the Maserati brothers. Like several other racing drivers of his day, de Tomaso eventually developed his own automobile, which combined a racing-style chassis with Italian design and reliable American power, in this case, from Ford.
The first true production De Tomaso was the Mangusta, which was introduced in 1967. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, built by fabled Turin coachbuilder Ghia, of which de Tomaso had become president, and was reportedly based on the Ford GT40 concept, as it featured a mid-ship V-8 engine, rear transaxle, and backbone chassis. Giugiaro’s muscular, wide-shouldered bodywork emphasised that the engine, which was visible under two clamshell-style rear windows, could propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, through the quarter-mile in 15 seconds at 94 mph, and to a claimed top speed of 155 mph.
The car offered here was, according to the owner, originally delivered in Italy in March 1969. According to Mangusta International, it was the seventh Mangusta built and one of the initial prototype cars, as distinguished by the louvered opening between the rear exhaust outlets. It later travelled to the United States, where it was restored by California-based De Tomaso enthusiast Gary Hall in 1998 for Richard Lee, who is reportedly a relation of famous martial artist Bruce Lee.
The car later returned to Italy in 2008 and was sold to a Belgian collector. This owner elected to complete a full repaint and necessary body and mechanical work in 2010 and 2011, all of which is documented by pictures accompanying the car. Since its completion, the Mangusta has participated in several concours d’elegance, with the most prominent being the Zoute Concours d’Elegance in 2012. It was also the subject of a feature article in Dutch magazine Autovisie, appearing in the recent 18 June 2015 issue.
This exciting automobile, one of the earliest surviving examples of an important American-engined European supercar, is undoubtedly as thrilling to drive as it is to look at—perhaps even more so!