1968 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupe  Chassis no. 8MA.544

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Lot 90
1968 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupe
Chassis no. 8MA.544

Sold for € 31,050 (US$ 34,083) inc. premium
1968 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupe
Chassis no. 8MA.544
Having dabbled unsuccessfully in racing car construction in the early 1960s, Argentine-born businessman Alejandro de Tomaso established himself as a serious automobile manufacturer with the introduction of the Mangusta coupé in 1967. One of the first supercars, the Mangusta (mongoose) used a re-engineered version of its Vallelunga predecessor's short-wheelbase backbone chassis and was powered by a mid-mounted 4.7-litre Ford V8 engine driving via a ZF five-speed transaxle. Ghia's Giorgetto Giugiaro contributed the striking gullwing coachwork (originally intended for Giotto Bizzarrini) and with around 300bhp on tap the aerodynamic Mangusta was good for a top speed of around 155mph. 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. Approximately 400 examples were made between 1967 and 1972.

Sold new in Italy, this left-hand drive Mangusta is one of just 150 examples built for the European market. Preserved in highly original condition having covered just 44,565 kilometres from new, the car formed part of its first owner's private collection for many years before being acquired by the vendor in December 2002. The car is finished in orange with cream leather upholstery and black carpets, and is described as in generally good condition, with perfect original interior. It is offered complete with tool kit, jack and Italian libretto.



Dieser linksgelenkte Mangusta wurde als eines von nur 150 europäischen Neufahrzeugen in Italien ausgeliefert. Die Tachometeranzeige des höchst-originalen Fahrzeugs beträgt lediglich 44,565km. Es befand sich bis zum Dezember vergangenen Jahres, als Teil einer grösseren Sammlung, in der Hand des Erstbesitzers. In orangefarbenem Lack, mit cremefarbenem Lederinterieur und schwarzen Teppichen, wird der Mangusta mit komplettem Bordwerkzeug und italienischem Libretto angeboten.
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