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History

The Vallelunga was an extremely rare mid-engined, rear wheel drive sports car produced by De Tomaso from 1964 until 1968.

It was based on a roadster designed by Carozzeria Fissore  and named after the Autodromo di Vallelunga first shown as a concept car at the Turin Motor Show in 1964. De Tomaso had hoped to sell the design of the concept to another company, perhaps Ford, but when there were no takers had the car produced by Ghia.

Specifications

The engine was a 1.5L straight-4 Kent engine from the Ford Cortina with 104 hp (78 kW) at 6200 rpm. A Hewland transaxle was fitted. The chassis was a pressed steel backbone with tubular subframes. Suspension was double wishbone and coil springs at all four corners with uprights sourced from Triumph. The small car weighed just 726 kg (1600 lb) with a fibreglass body and loads of drilled aluminium parts. Brakes were disc all around.

Demise

Unfortunately the chassis was not as stiff as one would have hoped, and drive train vibrations were a constant problem. Only 53 cars were built before it was quickly replaced by the De Tomaso Mangusta. The Mangusta used the Vallelunga chassis re-engineered to take a Ford Boss 302 engine with a body by Giorgetto Giugiaro.

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Version: Vallelunga Ghia Berlinetta
Chassis: VL 1601 D
Engine: 1.5-litre Ford Inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed
Year built: 1965
Exterior: Red
Interior: Black
First owner: Colonel Ronnie Hoare, F. English Ltd., Bournemouth, England
History: Right-hand drive.
Original engine replaced shortly after delivery in 1965 with a
150bhp Cosworth-tuned Lotus twin cam.
Tested by Patrick McNally for Autosport, November 26th edition 1965.
Later sold to Gunnar Brisman, Sweden. Engine replaced.
1982 sold to Duncan Rabagliati, London.
Registered SRU 8H.
Featured in Classic & Sportscar magazine, August 1983 edition.
Featured in Performance Ford magazine, October 1991 edition.
Featured in Classic Cars magazine, August 1997 edition.
8th April 1998 sold by Brooks at Olympia, London for £16,906 to Australia.
Version: Vallelunga Fissore Berlinetta
Chassis: VL 1606
Engine: 1.5-litre Ford Kent Inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed
Year built: 1964
Exterior: White
Interior: Black
First owner: Unknown
History: Tested by Classic & Sportscar, November 2005 edition.
Later sold by Hall & Bradfield, London.
September 2008 for sale at DK Engineering, Chorleywood, Herts, UK.

 

 

 

Version: Vallelunga Fantuzzi Spyder (Sport 1000)
Chassis: VL 1609
Engine: 1-litre BRM Inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed
Year built: 1966
Exterior: Red
Interior: Black
First owner: De Tomaso Automobili, Modena, Italy
History: 26-27/02/1966 1st Mostra della Vetture da Competizione, Turin - De Tomaso stand.
Then modified by the factory to incorporate a 998cc BRM Formula 2 engine (129bhp at 9750rpm) and ancillaries, new engine subframe, straight through exhaust, fuel tank, wider three-spoke De Tomaso Formula 3 wheels by Campagnolo, smaller diameter steering wheel and front-mounted header tank. The rear bodywork was modified with flared fenders and an opening for the exhaust pipe on the tail facia. The rear deck had cut outs for the trumpets, a filler cap and heat exchanger for the electrical system. Retained by the factory until 2004.
July 2004 sold to Ben Tyer, Bournemouth, UK.
June 2007 sold to present owner, UK.
Restored by DK Engineering.
September 2008 for sale at DK Engineering, Chorleywood, Herts, UK.
Front indicators added and UK registered KBY 372C.
February 2009 for auction at Artcurial, Paris.
March 2009 sold to present owner.
July 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed #100.
Version: Vallelunga Ghia Berlinetta
Chassis: 807 DT 0126
Engine: 1.5-litre Ford Kent Inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed
Year built: 1968
Exterior: Unknown
Interior: Black
First owner: TBC, Switzerland
History: May 1st 1968 delivered to Switzerland.
May 23rd 1981 sold to Paul Feldmann, Opfikon, Zurich.
1984 sold to Hansueli Buchi.
1986 sold to Fritz Feldmann.
1996 sold to present owner.
April 2004 shown at the 2004 Villa d'Este concours, Italy. Won a 2nd Diploma in the 1960 - 1970: open & closed cars "Le Style en liberté" class.
Featured in Motor Klassik, June 2004 edition.
Featured in Pantera International, Fall 2004 edition.
Featured in Auto Italia, December 2005 edition.

 

Version: Vallelunga Ghia Berlinetta
Chassis: 807 DT 0134
Engine: 1.5-litre Ford Kent Inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed
Year built: 1966
Exterior: Red
Interior: Black
First owner: Dean Martin Jr., Hollywood, USA
History: Imported to the US by Dean Martin Junior, this was actually the second car he purchased because the first had been destroyed. The car was then bought by Dick ? from Northridge who saw it in a used car lot on Sunset Strip near Dean Martin Senior’s restaurant. Dick worked for the Holley Carburettor Company. Third owner was Tom Matano, designer of the Mazda MX5.

 

Version: Vallelunga
Chassis: Unknown
Engine: 1.5-litre Ford Inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed
Year built: 1963
Exterior: Light Metallic Green
Interior: Black
First owner: De Tomaso Automobili SpA, Modena, Italy
History: Unique prototype for the Vallelunga series.
November 1963 displayed on the De Tomaso stand at the Turin Salon.
Featured in January 1964 edition of Road & Track magazine.
Raced by the factory.
Retained by the factory.

 

Version: Vallelunga Fissore Berlinetta
Chassis: Unknown
Engine: 1.5-litre Ford Inline-4
Transmission: TBC
Year built: 1964
Exterior: Red
Interior: Black
First owner: TBC
History: First registered June 1964.
Aluminium bodywork.
November 2007 for sale at 30,000km in Padova, Italy

 

Version: Vallelunga Ghia Berlinetta
Chassis: 807 DT 0141
Engine: 1.5-litre Ford Kent Inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed
Year built: 1968
Exterior: White
Interior: Black
First owner: Sergio Delia Malva, Italy
History: 8th May 1968 delivered to Sergio Delia Malva.
Later sold to California for two more owners.
1982 sold to present owner, California.
September 1991 featured in Road & Track magazine.

 

Version: Vallelunga Ghia Berlinetta
Chassis: Unknown
Engine: 1.5-litre Ford Inline-4
Transmission: TBC
Year built: 1964
Exterior: Red
Interior: Black
First owner: De Tomaso Automobili, Modena, Italy
History: Ghia prototype with aluminium bodywork.
March 2001 featured in Evo magazine.
Retained by the factory.

 


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