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10 May 2014

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Lot 166

1969 De Tomaso Mangusta

  • Chassis no. 8MA890

Sold for €268.800


271 bhp, 289 cu. in. overhead-valve Ford V-8 engine, five-speed ZF manual transmission, unequal length tubular wishbone front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, wide-base unequal length wishbone rear suspension with trailing arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel power-assisted Girling disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm

  • A beautiful, muscular icon of the 1960s
  • The most desirable quad-light, early-production iteration
  • Equipped with the high-performance Ford 289 V-8
  • Freshly restored in its stunning original colour
  • Offered with its original jack and rare tool set


In the midst of anti-Peron upheavals in the mid-1950s, racing driver Alejandro de Tomaso made his way to Italy, where he drove OSCA race cars for the Maserati brothers. Like several other racing drivers of his day, de Tomaso eventually developed his own automobile, which combined a racing-style chassis, Italian design, and reliable American power, in this case, by Ford.



The first true production De Tomaso was the Mangusta, which was introduced in 1967. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, built by fabled Turin coachbuilder Ghia, of which de Tomaso had become president, and reportedly based upon the Ford GT40 concept, with a midship V-8 engine, rear transaxle, and backbone chassis. Giugiaro’s muscular, wide-shouldered bodywork emphasised that the engine, which was visible under two clamshell-style rear windows, could propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, through a 15-second quarter-mile at 94 mph and to a claimed top speed of 155 mph.



The Mangusta offered here was beautifully restored for its present owner with painstaking attention to detail, and it is likely amongst the finest examples in existence. It is freshly completed and has been refinished in what is believed to be its original factory colours, a dazzling green (simply called Lime, found below a later colour change to red) over black leather upholstery, which is a combination that is oh-so-appropriate for a sports car produced at the wild end of the Swinging Sixties.



Unlike many of these cars, which have been hot-rodded over the years, this example has always been preserved in very much its original specification, which is something that the owner held true to during its restoration. The early 289 V-8 and ZF1 transmission, which is the same as was used in the GT40, were fully rebuilt, and care was taken to restore all components in their original finish. The car retains the original sand-cast wheels, with their slightly rough texture, and dials lettered in Italian, suggesting that this Mangusta may have originally been a European-delivery example. Importantly, the car retains its very rare original jack and tool roll, as well as the remote-starter button under the bonnet, allowing a mechanic to turn over the engine during maintenance. This Mangusta is currently domiciled in the UK, and it will be sold with its V5C registration and recent MOT test certificate.



It is interesting to note that mangusta translates to “mongoose”, which is one of the few natural enemies of the cobra. The name is indicative of the performance to which the ferocious Mangusta aspired and which this beautifully restored example can undoubtedly achieve.






Moteur V-8 Ford, 289 ci (4,7 litres), 271 ch, soupapes en tête, boîte ZF manuelle cinq rapports, suspension avant à triangles tubulaires inégaux, ressort hélicoïdaux et barre stabilisatrice, suspension arrière à triangles inégaux à base large, bras tirés, ressort hélicoïdaux et barre stabilisatrice, freins assistés à disques Girling sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 500 mm.



  • Une magnifique et puissante icône des années 1960
  • La première version la plus désirable, à quatre phares
  • Équipée du V-8 Ford 289 High Performance
  • Récemment restaurée dans sa teinte d'origine
  • Équipée de son cric d'origine et d'une rare trousse à outils




Au cœur des manifestations anti-Peron, au milieu des années 1950, le pilote automobile Alejandro de Tomaso quittait l'Argentine pour se rendre en Italie où il prenait le volant d'une Osca pour les frères Maserati. Comme d'autres pilotes à l'époque, il finissait par fabriquer sa propre voiture qui combinait un châssis sportif, un style italien et un moteur américain. Cette mécanique fiable était, dans ce cas, Ford.



La première vraie De Tomaso de série était la Mangusta, dévoilée en 1967. Dessinée par Giorgetto Giugiaro et construite par le fameux carrossier turinois Ghia dont De Tomaso était devenu président, elle s'inspirait de la conception de la Ford GT 40 et comportait un moteur V-8 central, une boîte transaxle et un châssis-poutre. Le dessin musclé et bien campé de Giugiaro rappelait que le moteur, visible sous une lunette arrière en deux parties s'ouvrant comme deux ailes de papillon, permettait à la voiture de passer de 0 à 100 km/h en 6,3 secondes, de couvrir le 400 m départ arrêté en 15 secondes et d'atteindre 250 km/h de vitesse de pointe.



La Mangusta proposée ici a été magnifiquement restaurée par son précédent propriétaire, avec un grande attention accordée aux détails, et elle fait probablement partie des plus belles Mangusta encore en existence. Elle a été terminée récemment et a reçu ce qui est supposé être ses teintes d'origine, un vert vif (appelé simplement Lime, trouvé sous une couche de rouge ajoutée par la suite) et une sellerie en cuir noir, une combinaison parfaitement appropriée pour une voiture de sport des Swinging Sixties.



Contrairement à bon nombre de ces voitures, qui ont subi des transformations au cours de leur vie, cet exemplaire a été préservé très proche de ses spécification d'origine, ce qu'a su respecter le propriétaire à l'occasion de la restauration. Le V-8 289 et la boîte ZF, identiques à ceux utilisés dans la GT 40, ont été complètement remis en état, tous les composants recevant leur finition d'origine. La voiture est équipée de ses jantes d'origine en alliage, avec leur aspect un peu brut, et ses instruments de tableau de bord sont en langue italienne, ce qui laisse supposer qu'elle était destinée au marché européen. Cette Mangusta est dotée de ses rares cric et trousse à outils d'origine et comporte le bouton de démarreur situé sous le capot, ce qui permet aux mécaniciens de faire démarrer le moteur sans repasser par l'habitacle, lors des opérations d'entretien. Cette Mangusta est actuellement domiciliée en Grande-Bretagne et sera vendue avec son document V5 et un récent certificat de contrôle technique (MOT).



Il est intéressant de noter que mangusta signifie mangouste, un des ennemis naturels du cobra. Le nom traduit donc les performances auxquelles aspiraient la redoutable Mangusta, et qu'offre cet exemplaire superbement restauré.

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