Open Roads, March | Lot 127
1970 De Tomaso Mangusta
€187,000 EUR | Sold
| Brusaporto, Italy
17 - 25 March 2021
- Fitted with Pantera-specification brakes
- Headlights converted to vacuum operation
- Supplied with a FIVA identity card
The Mangusta was produced by DeTomaso from 1967 to 1971 and despite close links to the Ford Motor Company and access to mass production facilities, only 401 examples left the production line in Modena, making it about twice as scarce as a Lamborghini Miura. It was DeTomaso’s first proper foray into the world of high performance cars and one of the world’s first supercars, boasting 300+ bhp, a top speed the scary side of 155mph and coachwork by none other than Bertone and later Ghia’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, including the gullwing engine cover that had been intended for Giotto Bizzarrini.
This 1970 DeTomaso Mangusta was acquired by its current owner in 2014 in the UK and subsequently shipped to Greece to join his collection. It is an ex-California, two-headlight ‘pop up’ model that is equipped with the Ford 302 cu. in. engine and a later type ZF transmission. It boasts a detailed and enticing history including an excellent restoration carried out in 1992, a concours award at the 50th anniversary of DeTomaso in 2009 in Modena and once belonging to Roger Brotton of DeTomaso marque specialists Three Point Four. More recent work includes a full overhaul of the ZF transmission by Jim Stokes Workshop in 2011 and most recently replacement fluids and an overhaul of the carburettors.
Rare and potent in equal measure and a very fine way to blast across Europe.