Disambiguation: for the Mangusta military helicopter, see Agusta A129 Mangusta.
The De Tomaso Mangusta was a sports car from Italian automobile manufacturer De Tomaso produced between 1967 and 1971.
The Mangusta replaced the Vallelunga
model, on which its chassis
was based. The word "Mangusta" is Italian for "Mongoose
", an animal that eats cobras
. It was rumored that the car was so named because De Tomaso had been promised engines from Ford that went to the Shelby Cobra
instead. The Mangusta was replaced by the much cheaper to build De Tomaso Pantera
There are reported to be fewer than 200 left in existence of approximately 400 built.
Originally fitted with Ford 289 V8 engine. In North American market was introduced a mid-mounted
Ford 302 V8
engine drove a 5 speed ZF transaxle
. Giorgetto Giugiaro
designed the car, which is easily recognised by its gull wing
doors over the engine and luggage compartment. Disc brakes
were fitted at all four corners. Top speed was claimed to be 250 km/h (155 mph).
The Mangusta was relatively inexpensive for the time, but with a 32/68 weight distribution and a less then solid chassis suffered from stability problems and poor handling. The car was also cramped and had extremely low ground clearance.
The Mangusta name was revived in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the concept car De Tomaso Bigua
became the Qvale Mangusta
, after a dispute between De Tomaso and business partner Qvale
Appearances in media
- - Pictures of a '69 De Tomaso Mangusta