MANGUSTA GALLERY


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History

The Mangusta replaced the Vallelunga model, on which its chassis was based.

 The word "Mangusta" is Italian for "Mongoose", an animal that eats cobras. It was rumoured that the car was so named because De Tomaso had been promised engines from Ford that went to the Shelby Cobra instead. The Mangusta was replaced by the much cheaper to build De Tomaso Pantera in 1971.

There are reported to be fewer than 200 left in existence of approximately 400 built.

Specifications

Originally fitted with Ford 289 V8 engine, in the North American market the Mangusta was introduced with a mid-mounted 306 horsepower (228 kW) Ford 302 V8 engine driving through a 5 speed ZF transaxle. Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the car, which is easily recognised by its gull wing doors over the engine and luggage compartment. Disc brakes were fitted at all four corners. Top speed was claimed to be 250 km/h (155 mph).

The Mangusta was relatively inexpensive for the time but, with a 32/68 weight distribution and a less than solid chassis, suffered from stability problems and poor handling. The car was also cramped and had extremely low ground clearance.

 

Version: Mangusta Prototipo
Chassis: Unknown
Engine: 289 Ford V8
Headlights: Four
Year built: 1967
Exterior: Bronze
Interior: Black
First owner: De Tomaso Automobili SpA, Modena, Italy
History: 1967 Turin Salon car with many unique features.
Retained by the factory.

 

Version: Mangusta
Chassis: 8MA 508
Engine: 289 Ford V8
Headlights: Four
Year built: 1967
Exterior: Dark Red
Interior: Beige
First owner: De Tomaso Automobili SpA, Modena, Italy
History:

Believed to have been used for factory promotional purposes.

 

Version: Mangusta
Chassis: 8MA 520
Engine: 289 Ford V8
Headlights: Four
Year built: 1968
Exterior: Red
Interior: Naturale
First owner: Unknown
History:

Engine number C 80 E 6015 A
1970-ish imported to South Africa from Switzerland by five time World Motorcycle Champion, Jim Redman.
Sold on shortly afterwards to local racing driver Gordon Henderson in about 1972.
1980 sold to present owner.
Currently undergoing restoration with colour change to blue

 

Version: Mangusta
Chassis: 8MA 546
Engine: TBC
Headlights: Four
Year built: 1968
Exterior: Blue
Interior: Black
First owner: TBC, Rome, Italy
History:

First registered in Rome 1969.
Previously owned by Massimo Castellani.
Later owned by Walter Pugni.
October 2009 for sale at 45,000km in Pegognaga, Italy

 

Version: Mangusta
Chassis: 8MA 608
Engine: 302 Ford V8
Headlights: Four
Year built: 1968
Exterior: Yellow
Interior: Black
First owner: Unknown
History: 2005/06 offered for sale by Luzzago, Brescia at 60,100km.

 

Version: Mangusta
Chassis: 8MA 888
Engine: 302 Ford V8
Headlights: Four
Year built: 1969
Exterior: Silver
Interior: Red
First owner: TBC
History:

1974 sold to second owner.
December 2000 sold to current (third) owner.

 


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