Paris

7 February 2018

1972 De Tomaso Mangusta by Ghia

  • Chassis no. 8MA 998
  • Engine no. CP007

Documents: UK V5


  • Among the last of 150 European examples
  • Rare optional extras


Looking to create sports cars that rivalled Ferrari and Lamborghini, Argentinian racing driver Alejandro de Tomaso began with the Vallelunga before launching the Mangusta in 1967. Bold styling by Giorgetto Giugiario featured gullwing-hinged covers over the engine and luggage compartment. Its name was a jibe at the Shelby Cobra.

The European version received a more powerful Ford 289-cu. in. engine mated to a five-speed ZF gearbox. Contemporary road tests quoted a top speed of 250 km/h. Production ended after 401 cars, and only 150 found European owners. Today, 250 are believed to have survived worldwide.

This example was among the last European cars delivered. Supplied to Greece with the more powerful 289-cu. in. engine, it features the desirable four-headlight nose. Registered in February 1972, it was dark blue over black leather and featured the heated rear window glass fitted only to the last cars. Options included bucket seats and air conditioning. Its owner covered a mere 18,500 km before parting with it in 1984. It later passed to supercar collector Marios Stafylopatis.

The car was comprehensively restored in 1997 by a GT40 specialist when the colour was changed to its current red. The engine was uprated with a Holley carburettor, electronic ignition and lightweight flywheel to produce 350 bhp and fitted with drilled disc brakes to compensate. In 2012, it was imported to the UK. It retains rare features, including the Ferrero wood and leather steering wheel, original Campagnolo spare wheel, owner’s manual, warranty card, sales brochure, parts catalogue, original keys and fob.





• Fait partie des 150 derniers exemplaires européens
• Comporte des options rares

Dans le but de lancer une voiture de sport capable de de concurrencer Ferrari et Lamborghini, le pilote argentin Alejandro de Tomaso a commencé avec la Vallelunga avant de lancer en 1967 la Mangusta. Le style audacieux de Giorgetto Giugiaro présentait au-dessus du compartiment moteur deux panneaux vitrés articulés au centre et s'ouvrant vers le haut comme les ailes d'un papillon. Le nom donné à la voiture était une discrète "pique" à la Shelby Cobra.

La version européenne recevait un moteur Ford 289 ci plus puissant, relié à une boîte de vitesses ZF à cinq rapports, et les essais d'époque ont enregistré une vitesse de pointe de 250 km/h. La production s'est limitée à 401 exemplaires, dont 150 seulement ont été vendus en Europe. Aujourd'hui, le nombre de survivantes est estimé à 250 voitures dans le monde entier.

La Mangusta que nous proposons fait partie des derniers exemplaires vendus en Europe. Livrée en Grèce avec le moteur 289 ci plus puissant, elle arbore la désirable calandre quatre phares. Immatriculée en février 1972, elle était bleu foncé avec intérieur en cuir noir et elle était équipée du système de dégivrage des panneaux arrière monté seulement sur les derniers exemplaires. Elle comportait aussi les options climatisation et sièges baquets. Son propriétaire n'a couvert que 18 500 km avant de s'en séparer en 1984, et elle est passée plus tard dans la collection de Marios Stafylopatis.

La voiture a été complètement restaurée en 1997 par un spécialiste Ford GT40, et c'est à cette occasion que la teinte de carrosserie a été modifiée pour adopter le rouge actuel. Le moteur a été amélioré avec un carburateur Holley, un allumage électronique et un volant moteur allégé, ce qui lui permet de développer 350 ch. Pour que le freinage soit à la hauteur, la voiture a été dotée de disques percés. En 2012, cette voiture a été importée au Royaume-Uni. Elle présente des équipements rares, comme un volant Ferrero en bois et cuir, une roue de secours Campagnolo d'origine, le manuel d'utilisation, la carte de garantie, une brochure de vente, un catalogue de pièces détachées et les clés d'origine.

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