Lot 278 - 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta
|Chassis Number||US 69640|
|Odometer reading||96,000 miles|
|Estimate||£210,000 - £240,000|
The De Tomaso Mangusta was produced between 1967 and 1971. Some 401 Mangustas' were manufactured, approximately 150 for the European market and the remainder for the North American market. One car was built with a Chevrolet engine for General Motors Vice President, Bill Mitchell. There are reported to be approximately 250 of the 401 cars left in existence according to the registers available. The name 'Mangusta' is Italian for mongoose, an animal that can kill cobras. It was rumoured that the car was so named because De Tomaso had some talks with Carroll Shelby to replace the Shelby Cobra, although no deal was signed as Shelby became involved in the Ford GT40 racing program. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro the De Tomaso Mangusta is easily recognised by its gullwing doors over the engine and luggage compartment. Disc brakes were standard on all four wheels coupled with independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and air conditioning. The Mangusta was replaced by the much cheaper-to-build De Tomaso Pantera in 1971 and manufactured for 21 years.
This exquisitely handsome De Tomaso was registered in the U.S. on 22nd May, 1969 and has been lovingly cared for to a very high standard. The red coachwork is in splendid order, as is the black leather interior. Inside the cockpit, there is a delightful period feel to the instrumentation layout and switches. Upon starting the 4949cc, V8 engine, it is obviously apparent this car is special. Not only does the engine sound superb, the performance on our 'all too gentle' test drive, was impressive. Mated to a five-speed ZF gearbox, this is a car with outstanding styling and one you will never get bored of driving. Believed to be a two owner vehicle in the U.S. and supplied with the necessary importation documents and registered on UK number plates, with a V5 document, together with a very comprehensive log of everything the original owner ever had done to the car. The unique styling of these supercars can only be admired, the gullwing engine covers a classic example of Italian design at its best. This De Tomaso Mangusta is in superb condition and represents an opportunity to own one of the finest examples available today.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.