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1969 De Tomaso Mangusta

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To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM’s Monaco event, May 10, 2014. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/.

Estimate:
$160,000 - $210,000

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 inegaux, ressort helicoïdaux et barre stabilisatrice, suspension arrière à triangles inegaux à base large, bras tires, ressort helicoïdaux et barre stabilisatrice, freins assistes à disques Girling sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 500 mm.




Une magnifique et puissante icône des annees 1960
La première version la plus desirable, à quatre phares
Équipee du V-8 Ford 289 High Performance
Recemment restauree dans sa teinte d'origine
Équipee de son cric d'origine et d'une rare trousse à outils



Au cœur des manifestations anti-Peron, au milieu des annees 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'epoque, il finissait par fabriquer sa propre voiture qui combinait un châssis sportif, un style italien et un moteur americain. Cette mecanique fiable etait, dans ce cas, Ford.



La première vraie De Tomaso de serie etait la Mangusta, devoilee en 1967. Dessinee par Giorgetto Giugiaro et construite par le fameux carrossier turinois Ghia dont De Tomaso etait devenu president, 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 muscle et bien campe 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 depart arrête en 15 secondes et d'atteindre 250 km/h de vitesse de pointe.



La Mangusta proposee ici a ete magnifiquement restauree par son precedent proprietaire, avec un grande attention accordee aux details, et elle fait probablement partie des plus belles Mangusta encore en existence. Elle a ete terminee recemment et a reçu ce qui est suppose être ses teintes d'origine, un vert vif (appele simplement Lime, trouve sous une couche de rouge ajoutee par la suite) et une sellerie en cuir noir, une combinaison parfaitement appropriee 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 ete preserve très proche de ses specification d'origine, ce qu'a su respecter le proprietaire à l'occasion de la restauration. Le V-8 289 et la boîte ZF, identiques à ceux utilises dans la GT 40, ont ete complètement remis en etat, tous les composants recevant leur finition d'origine. La voiture est equipee 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 etait destinee au marche europeen. Cette Mangusta est dotee de ses rares cric et trousse à outils d'origine et comporte le bouton de demarreur situe sous le capot, ce qui permet aux mecaniciens de faire demarrer le moteur sans repasser par l'habitacle, lors des operations d'entretien. Cette Mangusta est actuellement domiciliee en Grande-Bretagne et sera vendue avec son document V5 et un recent certificat de contrôle technique (MOT).



Il est interessant 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 restaure.

Reference Number 269177

as of 5/12/2014

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