1970 De Tomaso MangustaSOLD
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Engine Type: Ford based 302c.i. V8
Color:Beige Gray / Black Leather

Reference Number 50290

as of 9/8/2009

Overview
Car 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta
VIN 8MA1048 
Mileage 9,246 miles 
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Known History

 

1970 De Tomaso Mangusta

s/n 8MA1048

Beige Gray with Black Leather

 

De Tomaso’s first production car manufactured in significant volume, the Mangusta was a remarkable car when first unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1966. Following the lead set by the Lamborghini Miura a few months earlier at Geneva, the Mangusta was beautifully styled and featured a mid-mounted powerplant. Along with the Miura, it represented one of the first high performance mid-engined road cars produced in any significant numbers. The specification was very modern, with independent suspension and disc brakes all around, ZF 5-speed transaxle, and a very low and attractive body styled by Giugiaro who was then working at Ghia. The engine was a Ford-sourced V8, which combined with the car’s light weight (in the neighborhood of 2600 pounds), made for excellent performance. By the time production ended to make way for the Pantera, just 400 had been built, making them quite rare.

 

This particular car was in the same ownership from new until 2009, and its indicated mileage of 9226 is from new. Its careful storage ensures that it is in very nice original condition, with only some sympathetically retouched paintwork and the fitment of new tires being the only significant departures from the car’s original equipment and configuration. It has been recently serviced, including attention to the braking and cooling systems. The car retains its tool roll with tools.

 

The car is unmolested, extremely straight, and appears free of corrosion. The panel fit and gaps are excellent, and the paint has survived well, retaining very good luster. The blemishes are limited to a few scratches, and close inspection reveals some checking in selected areas. There are a few chips but the paint is in remarkable condition overall considering its age. The wheels are in good unrestored condition, as are the Cibié headlamps and glass. The grilles, trim, and badges are also in very nice condition, and the chrome is very good.

 

The interior is extremely nice as well. The leather upholstery on the seats is in excellent condition, remaining supple and free of cracking or significant creasing. The carpets are also excellent, as is the dashboard. The instruments, switches and controls are also in very nice shape, as is the steering wheel, which, like all Mangustas, features an unusual and very attractive treatment. The headliner is sagging at the rear. The door upholstery and center console are in fine shape, and the overall feel of the car, both inside and out, is one of a nice consistent patina of a low mileage carefully cared for car.

 

The front and rear compartments are both very original and quite tidy, but do show some signs of aging. The spare is very nice and still wears its original Pirelli Cinturato tire. The original and correct finishes are still in place throughout.

 

The car drives and operates as one would expect of an unrestored low-mileage car. There is a lovely coherence to the cars operation, with a pleasurable absence of rattles. The car brakes straight, the steering wheel is centered, and the shift linkage is tight and properly aligned. All components operate as originally intended by de Tomaso, and the motor works well, pulling strongly and cleanly.

 

This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a near timewarp example of this striking and underappreciated car. Certainly, the Mangusta represents an appealing alternative to the massively expensive other Italian exotics of the period, particularly given the robustness of the Ford powerplant. Beautifully preserved and highly original, this example is a lovely unmolested car, and will appeal to the sophisticated collector who enjoys the idea of originality without wanting to compromise in terms of presentation and cosmetic condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience the Mangusta from the cockpit.

 

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Experience the Mangusta from the road.