After driving OSCA race cars for the Maserati brothers, racing driver Alejandro De Tomaso set about designing his own breed of supercar and in partnership with Ford developed this, the quite beautiful De Tomaso Mangusta.
Said to have been based on the Ford GT 40 concept and designed by Italian coach builder Ghia (responsible for many Ford projects over the years), the Mangusta’s 0-60 was an impressive 6.3 seconds and had a top speed of 155mph. Valued at between €120.00 – €160.00 the one in these pictures is one of the last ‘original’ Mangusta’s still in existence.
Specification includes: 271 bhp, 289 cu. in. OHV Ford V-8 engine, five-speed ZF manual transmission, unequal length tubular wishbone front suspension with coil springs and an anti-roll bar, wide-base unequal length wishbone rear suspension with trailing arms, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel power-assisted Girling disc brakes.