what makes this car special?
Founded by Argentine born Italian racing driver Alejandro DeTomaso, DeTomaso began building racing cars and prototypes with Frank Williams being one of their clients.
DeTomaso and Carrol Shelby had planned for this model to be the replacement for the AC Cobra. However, when Shelby became preoccupied with the Ford GT40 programme and no deal was signed, DeTomaso produced this car under his own name and named it the Mangusta (Italian for Mongoose). It was designed by Giorgetto Giugaro during his time at Ghia and features dramatic diagonal – opening engine covers
This car is not only one of ontly 401 units produced ……….but is one of the rare 120 European cars (the 10th example produced) with the 4.7l 289ci Ford V8. Later US Spec cars featured the 302ci 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.
Following a major restoration by the current owners in 2004, this car was dyno tuned with recorded power at 321 BHP.
A bonus for motorcycle racing fans is that it was imported to South Africa by World Motorcycle champion Jim Redman in 1970 and has only had two owners since then