1971 De Tomaso Mangusta250.000-350.000 EUR - Estimate

1971  De Tomaso Mangusta

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French title
Chassis n° SMA 1266

- One of the last six Mangusta built
- Outstanding condition and performance
- Clear history, known as “The wildest Mangusta “

Reference Number 618230

as of 7/6/2020

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Overview
Car 1971 De Tomaso Mangusta
VIN SMA 1266 
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Known History

Alessandro de Tomaso, an Italian-Argentine, started his career in motorsport first by driving and then by building a Formula 1 car. As neither of these experiences satisfied him, he turned his hand to constructing Grand Touring cars. This area was already occupied by prestigious names like Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Iso, to quote just a few. De Tomaso, however, was ambitious and understood the automobile. One of his first creations was the Mangusta. The design of the car was entrusted to Giugiaro and the bodywork was manufactured at Ghia. However, De Tomaso, who had just taken over at Ghia, was immediately taken with the powerful and modern design, and so the Mangusta came to be under the colours of the Argentinian flag. Along with other sports car manufacturers, he decided on the Ford V8 289 ci engine block, which was capable of producing up to 310 bhp. Some 402 examples were built between 1967 and 1971. As the majority of the cars were intended for export to the US, two different engines were delivered by the factory: the Ford V8 289 ci for the initial production in Europe, and the Ford V8 302 ci for the US and all later production.

Some 401 examples of the car were built between 1967 and 1971 as well as one unique spider version.

“ SMA 1266 “, the car of interest here, was one of the later productions. On 21 March, ready for export to the US, the marque's principal market, the car was bought by Mr Herner, who, for the record, also had to part with a “ comfortable “ supplement to take it to Germany. He covered just 3000 km before putting the car away in his garage the following year. It was not until 1996 that the German marque specialist Roland Jaeckel purchased the car. He started a serious restoration project: chassis, coachwork, engine, interior and accessories all found themselves in a condition close to new. At this point, the original light blue metallic colour was replaced with a stunning orange livery. Once the work was completed, the car was sold in 2000 to Mr. Helm, who in turn sold it to Mr. Kohler in 2002. In 2004, its previous owner, a model enthusiast, brought the car to France. While the Mangusta has much to offer enthusiasts of Italian GT cars from the 1960s, the examples powered by the Ford V8 302 may appear a little subdued in character to some. For this reason the French owner approached the engine builder Roush, with a reputation for achieving success in competition in the US and for meticulous upgrading of the Ford V8 in collaboration with the company from Detroit. Roush's mechanical intervention on this car is impressive: a Ford V8 302 engine was rebored - the famous Stroker engines - increasing its capacity from 5-litres to 5.7-litres. This rebuild added special cylinder heads and flywheel in aluminium, as well as forged rods and pistons. The engine is fed by a Holley four-barrelled carburettor, and the engine cooling system - critical for the mid-engined Mangusta - improved significantly. A reinforced McLeod clutch was fitted to deal with the increase in power. The original ZF gearbox, able to cope with this increase in power, did not require any modification. When the work was completed, the engine was dyno-tested by the Roush team and recorded power of 420 bhp and torque of 60mkg, which must surely make this one of the most formidable Mangustas in the world.

This unique Mangusta will be delivered to the buyer with an impressive file detailing its history, and including a copy of the MA1266 factory record, a copy of the owner's manual, and a copy of the factory import document when it returned to Europe at the time.

This car undoubtedly constitutes one of the best “ cocktails “ of elegance, rarity and performance, in the closed circle of great GT cars. Its appearance, in a dazzling colour combination, is breathtaking. Its current owner, an important collector from the Cote D'Azur bought it in the Retromobile Artcurial auction in 2016. As a gentlemen driver he confirmed us that the car is stunning to drive. This is, as named by Classic Cars magazine, quite simply “ The Wildest Mangusta ! “