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detomaso mangusta SPECIFICATIONS

Engine
4.7 L Ford V8
Transmission
5-speed manual
Layout
Rear engine, rear-wheel-drive
Power Output
306 bhp
Fuel type
Petrol
Exterior Colour
Blue
Interior Colour
Beige
No of doors
2

 

what makes this car special?

Argentinian born Alejandro DeTomaso founded the DeTomaso car company in Modena Italy in 1958. The company built race cars and prototypes but later produced road going sports cars. The four cylinder Vallelunga was their first road going sports car but the arrival of the Mangusta in 1967 established De Tomaso as a serious automobile manufacturer.

DeTomaso produced 401 examples over a period of four years, of which 250 are thought to have survived. The name “Mangusta” (Mongoose) was supposedly a dig at his friend & rival Carol Shelby, the creator of the AC Cobra. One of the few animals quick enough to take on the hooded snake in nature is the Mongoose.

Giorgetto Giugaro designed the DeTomaso Mangusta’s 41 inch high body during his time at Carrozzeria Ghia with his signature design feature being the dramatic diagonal – opening engine covers

This DeTomaso Mangusta is not only one of only 401 units produced but is one of the rare 120 European cars (the 10th example produced) with the 289 cubic  inch Ford V8. Later US Spec cars featured the 302 cubic inch V8 which only produced 221 BHP. In addition, only a few of these first cars featured the HiPo 289 (Shelby spec) engine which this car has.

This car was dyno tuned with recorded power at 321 BHP following it’s restoration in 2004

World Motorcycle champion Jim Redman imported this example to South Africa in 1970 and it has only had two owners since then and the current owner bought it in 1980

 

Contact Jeremy or Gareth for more details: Tel: (021) 462 3558 – E-mail: info@crossley-webb.com