1969 DeTomaso Mangusta

Alejandro De Tomaso was not only a talented racer; he was a man with a vision which included building his own high performance automobile. His dream was facilitated by his fortunate marriage to Isabelle Haskell, a lady who combined driving talent with a successful entrepreneurial family. The Mangusta was De Tomaso's second production automobile. Its design, by Giorgio Giugiaro, was dynamic, clean and refreshingly free of added-on tabs, intakes, wings and spoilers. It featured unique center hinged rear body panels that covered the complete back of the car and engine, a mid-engined backbone chassis, fully independent suspension and power from 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 De Tomaso Mangusta is the only known surviving example in this striking burgundy color, as it was originally delivered with black leather interior. It also came from the factory with air conditioning, a highly desirable option. It has a thorough mechanical and cosmetic restoration to like new condition including a bare metal re-spray in the original color. The original radio is in the dash but a modern stereo with remote controls is tucked away in the restored front luggage compartment along with the tool kit. This is a very good car, attractively restored and in excellent running, driving condition that has been thoroughly redone without ruining its authenticity and original appearance.

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