1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232
Lot 343
1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia Registration no. 888 SXR Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232
Sold for £124,700 (US$ 167,292) inc. premium

Lot Details
1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé  Chassis no. 8MA-1098 Engine no. 302/232
1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia

Registration no. 888 SXR
Chassis no. 8MA-1098
Engine no. 302/232

Footnotes

  • One of the very first supercars, the Mangusta effectively established De Tomaso as a serious automobile manufacturer on its arrival in 1967. Alejandro De Tomaso had begun racing in his native Argentina in 1951 before moving to Italy to drive for Maserati and OSCA, the latter firm having been founded by the Maserati brothers after they sold up. This experience inspired him to form his own company - De Tomaso Automobili - in Modena, Italy in 1959. Racing was the order of the day to begin with, the fledgling firm building cars for Formula Junior, Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1. De Tomaso's first road car - the Vallelunga - did not appear until 1965. A pretty, mid-engined coupé powered by a 1.5-litre Ford four-cylinder engine, the Vallelunga was built in small numbers and was not a success, but did contribute its short-wheelbase, backbone chassis, albeit extensively re-engineered, to the Mangusta.

    Introduced in 1967, the Mangusta (mongoose) was powered by a mid-mounted 289ci (4.7-litre) Ford V8 engine. Also used to power Ford's GT40 Le Mans challenger, the iconic '289' produced 306bhp as installed in the Mangusta, which also used the GT40's early-type ZF transaxle. Later Mangusta production used the Ford '302' (5.0-litre) engine together with a later-type ZF transmission. Carrozzeria Ghia's Giorgetto Giugiaro contributed the striking coachwork featuring 'gull wing' engine covers, which had been intended for Giotto Bizzarrini. There is much in Giugiaro's design that echoes his work when designing the Maserati Ghibli, Iso Grifo, Ferrari 250 Berlinetta Bertone and, of course, the timeless Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT. With 300-or-so horsepower on tap in its original form, the aerodynamic Mangusta was good for a top speed in the region of 155mph. All-round disc brakes helped restrain this outstanding performance.

    De Tomaso enjoyed close links with the Ford Motor Company at this time and the American firm helped put the Mangusta into larger scale production than would otherwise have been possible. Nevertheless, only 401 examples were made between 1967 and 1972 compared with 765 examples of the contemporary Lamborghini Miura, and any Mangusta is extremely rare. The three marque registries estimate that there are some 250 Mangustas remaining worldwide, with a total of approximately eight in the UK comprising both the early 'four headlight' and the later 'pop up' versions.

    A two-headlight 'pop up' model equipped with the '302' engine, chassis number '1098' is an ex-California car imported into the UK in 2007 by Roger Brotton of Three Point Four, this country's De Tomaso marque specialists. The car had been restored in 1992 and returned to excellent condition for road use. It was next purchased by a Mr James and mostly kept in storage in California. The current vendor purchased the car from Roger Brotton and used it regularly until an oil leak from the gearbox input shaft was discovered. The Mangusta was then sent (circa 2011) to the highly esteemed Jim Stokes Workshop in Waterlooville for removal and overhaul of the ZF gearbox. '1098' has also been fitted with brakes from the later Pantera model (believed during the US restoration) while the headlight lift mechanism has been converted from cable to vacuum operation.

    '888 SXR' has been taken to Le Mans on a couple of occasions and been driven to Modena in 2009 for the 50th anniversary De Tomaso meeting where it won a concours award, which goes with the car. The return trip saw the Mangusta travel over the roof of Europe via the Grand Pass St Bernard. During these trips there was no mechanical – or electrical – failure.

    Finished in red with black interior, and lacking the ugly external mirrors of some examples, '1098' is described as in generally good condition and will have been back to Three Point Four for servicing and preparation prior to sale. Stunning to look at and exciting to drive, the car is offered with sundry bills, current MoT certificate and V5C registration document. Being left-hand drive, this beautiful Mangusta would be the perfect companion on a fast run to the South of France.
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