DeTomaso Mangusta

1967 - 1971 De Tomaso Mangusta

1967 - 1971 De Tomaso Mangusta High Resolution Exterior
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  • De Tomaso Mangusta
  • Year:
    1967- 1971
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    5 speed ZF transaxle
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    221
  • Displacement:
    4.9 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    350000 (Est.)
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In 1963, when Ferruccio Lamborghini had barely established the Lamborghini brand in Sant’Agata Bolognese, De Tomaso had already launched its first road-going production model. The Vallelunga arrived four years after Alejandro de Tomaso founded the new brand in Modena, starting what would soon become one of Italy’s most celebrated supercar companies. In 1966, De Tomaso introduced the Mangusta, its first model to be produced in significant numbers.

Like the Vallelunga, the Mangusta also sported a mid-engine configuration. However, the Italians dropped the four-cylinder engine borrowed from the Ford Cortina in favor of a more powerful V-8, sourced from the first-generation Mustang. The chassis, on the other hand, was based on the Vallelunga’s and modified to handle powerplants with higher torque.

The car’s name, Mangusta, is Italian for mongoose, a small animal known for its quickness, and its ability to fight and kill venomous snakes, particularly cobras. Legend has it that the car was named the Mangusta because De Tomaso had some talks with Carroll Shelby to replace the 1963 Shelby Cobra with a race car to be built in Italy by De Tomaso, but the project ended in 1965, when Shelby was assigned to help with the development of the 1964-1969 Ford GT40.

The Mangusta was replaced in 1971 by the 1971-1991 De Tomaso Pantera, which would become De Tomaso’s most popular model, with over 7,000 units built in 20 years. But despite being overshadowed by the Pantera, the Mangusta is now considered a collectible as one of the very few European cars to feature American power.

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