This is a 1969 build date 4-headlight Mangusta model.

Color = Sky Blue

Version: Mangusta
Chassis: 8MA 776
Engine: 302 Ford V8
Headlights: Four
Year built: 1969
Exterior: Silver
Interior: Black
First owner: TBC

Exported to the USA.

De Tomaso’s first production car manufactured in significant volume, the Mangusta was a remarkable car when first unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1966. The Mangusta is beautifully styled and featured a mid-mounted powerplant. The name is directly related to the contender Ford Cobra, since the only animal feared by the Cobra is the Mangusta (Mongoose).The car represented one of the first high performance mid-engined road cars produced in any significant numbers – Like the Muira the specification was very modern, with independent suspension and disc brakes all around, ZF 5-speed transaxle, and a very low and attractive body styled by Giugiaro.

The engine was a Ford-sourced V8, which combined with the car’s light weight (around 2600 pounds), made for excellent performance. By the time production ended to make way for the Pantera, just 400, some say 402, had been built; making them quite rare.

Concours condition. This rare Mangusta in near flawless condition.
Every nut and bolt inspected or replaced. Ready for road use or show.

New paint, new interior. All instruments restored by Palo Alto Speedometer. New Goat Skin leather steeing wheel. Ultra swade dash. Vertical part of the dash is still original as is the center console.

Engine rebuilt, balanced and dyno tested.
Transaxle rebuilt and polished by RBT. QA 1 shocks.
All new heim joints and alignment by Performance Art. Stainless steal exhaust.
The correct air cleaner is with the car.
A/C blows cold. New compressor and condensor. The A/C has been “Tidyed” up to show more of the great Mangusta’s power plant.
All new brake lines.
Nothing has been ignored or overlooked.
Recently voted Best DeTomaso Car at the Concorso Italiano at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, California 2009.


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