1969 DeTomaso Mangusta

Alejandro De Tomaso was not only a talented racer he was a man with a vision. It included building his own high performance automobiles, a dream facilitated by his fortunate marriage to Isabelle Haskell, a lady who combined driving talent with a relationship with a successful entrepreneurial family. The Mangusta was De Tomaso's first automobile seriously aimed at series production. A mid-engined, fully independent suspension, dramatically streamlined example with body designed by Giorgio Giugiaro, it was powered by a 302 cubic inch Ford V-8 from the Trans-Am Champion Boss 302. The purest and most innovative of De Tomaso Automobili's products, the Mangusta had a short life, from 1965-1970, during which only some 400 examples were produced. This 1969 Mangusta has covered only 2,874 miles from new and was very early in its history painted in its current distinctive Yellow Chartreuse hue for show car duty in the U.S. Its history is well documented in the accompanying files, photos and magazine articles. It also comes with its original bill of sale. The original Beige interior shows some age but is complete, sound and has years of use and enjoyment left. Arguably the most original, lowest mileage and best-preserved Mangusta in the world, it will be a valued showpiece and is an important contributor to the Ford legacy of “Total Performance.”

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