In its early days, De Tomaso was turning out fairly tame cars, when compared to the screaming 1971 - 1991 De Tomaso Pantara that would come along later and forever secure the legacy of the De Tomaso name. The company’s first production car was the Vallelunga, first conceived as a design to be sold to another company. When none ponied up the cash, De Tomaso built it with the help of Ghia. Since no plans had been made for an engine, a 4-cylinder Ford Cortina engine was used. The result was disappointing, and the power was seriously lacking when compared to the similarly exotic-looking Italian sports cars of the time.