De Tomaso Mangusta

  • One owner from new
  • Original 27.100 KM
  • Complete history
Year:1968
Paintwork:Red
Interior:Leather | Black
Gearing Type:Manual
Mileage:27.100 KM
Power:305 HP
Fuel*:Petrol
Price:295.000,- € (TAX paid)

* Fuel consumption: (DIN 70030) 19,4 L Super determined at 3/4 of maximum speed, maximum of 110 km / h below surcharge of 10% (factory specification)

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The De Tomaso Mangusta

The company De Tomaso was originally founded with motor sports in mind. In 1959, the designer Alejandro De Tomaso set up a car workshop in Modena, Italy, with financial support from his wife, Isabelle Haskell. De Tomaso initially designed Formula 1 racing cars, some of which he brought to the racetrack for his own workshop team and some of which he sold to customer teams. In the mid-1960s, the lack of success from this venture led De Tomaso to move the focus of his company to developing sports cars for road-use. Built together with the bodywork company Ghia, the first models had Ford engines. The sensationally shaped Mangusta, which was launched in 1966, was the first car, for which De Tomaso used a large American eight-cylinder engine. The V8 had a 4.7 litre Ford mid-engine with 305 horsepower. This was the concept that the company would always remain faithful to. The Mangusta was much more successful than its predecessor, the more dainty Vallelunga: about 400 Vallelunga were produced until 1968. The breathtaking proportions of the bodywork came from none other than Giorgetto Giugiaro, who had designed them for Ghia (De Tomaso had just become president of the company). They confidently named the bold coupé Mangusta – the Italian word for mongoose, an animal that is known to have no fear, not even of cobras. Today it is estimated that no more than 250 of these cars have survived the tales of time. 

The vehicle on offer is one of the last Mangusta models that left the Italian factory in Modena. This rare sports car found its way to Germany, where its initial registration took place in Emmendingen on 12 May 1972. The proud owner was none other than Hermann Dietrich-Troeltsch, one of the founders of the Motor Presse publishing house, now publisher of numerous German magazines including Motor Klassik. The car registration plate read EM-PP-7. Six years later, in June 1978, the car was given a different vehicle registration number, as the owner moved house. The vehicle registration number was now BB-V-7, until it had to be reregistered again three years later, once more due to the owner changing his address. The new number plate, S-Y-36, remained the same for the coming 34 years. The ownership itself did not change at all in the years 1972-2015. The sports car spent more than 43 years with its original owner, and it could not have had a better home than with such a knowledgeable enthusiast. And so it is not surprising that the vehicle is in almost new and pristine condition. 

In August 2015, the time had finally come: It was time for the DeTomaso Mangusta, which had spent over 43 years with its first owner, to change hands. After a long search, the department in our company that looks after our own collection,was pleased to be able to secure a vehicle with such a complete history. As the original owner is an expert who appreciates the relevance of the original documents, it is not surprising that even today, after more than 47 years, the original German vehicle registration document from 1972 still exists. Our collection team had concrete plans for the DeTomaso, and the car was registered to our company back in August 2015. Over the next four years, the Mangusta successfully participated in chosen events in Europe, always well maintained by our in-house workshop. 

Now the decision has been made to change our own collection again, and so this unique piece of Italian automotive history finds its way to our sales room. Our sales staff will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.