This incredible ‘Concorso Italiano’ winning De Tomaso Mangusta is how ‘black on black’ should greet any enthusiastic onlooker but you’ll need a few quid to buy it…
Sometimes you just drool over a car and think ‘that’s a stunning set of wheels’. Well, this 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta is one of those, except this one’s for sale, and even better, it’s in Concours condition.
While a mere 401 examples of the De Tomaso Mangusta were ever built, Argentinian racing driver, Alejandro de Tomaso had it in his mind the ‘mongoose’ could rival Italian giants, Lamborghini, Ferrari and even Shelby’s Cobra. The rest, as they say, is history with its Pantera stablemate overtaking on the inside. Nonetheless, it looks as good if not better than just about everything you’re likely to see racing along any highway these days.
Manufactured in Modena between 1967 and 1971, the elegant Mangusta was also one of the world’s inaugural supercars, albeit twice as rare as your ‘average’ (if there is such a thing) Lamborghini Miura.
So stylish is the Mangusta with its Bertone and Giorgetto Giugiaro Ghia coachwork, even the worst snapper on the planet can achieve a perfect capture within that erratic burst of overexposed shots.
These things are quick too with a boisterous 302 Ford V8 4.7-litre engine mated to a five-speed ZF racing gearbox, chucking out around 305hp and capable of reaching a face-stretching top speed of 155mph without any tailwind – in 1969.
This particular left-hand-drive manual Mangusta is 52 years old and is being offered by Hamburg based Thiesen Automobiles and personifies how ‘black on black’ should look and feel.
The car is described as being:
Many believe the De Tomaso Mangusta has everything, including jaw-dropping Italian design and reliable American horsepower.
This is a wonderful example of a car that will turn heads for a long time to come but will cost any serious purchaser around €348.000 which is a sniff under £300k in old money…
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