De Tomaso Mangusta
De Tomaso Mangusta | $ 140,000
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De Tomaso Mangusta

De Tomaso Mangusta

Everything about the De Tomaso Mangusta - its name, form and history - is interesting! The De Tomaso car-manufacturing company in Italy was started by Argentinean race-driver Alejandro de Tomaso. This 2-door coupe was manufactured with the idea of replacing the famous 'Cobra' line of cars from Shelby and thus was named, 'Mangusta' which means 'mongoose' in Italian. In the period from 1967 to 1971, only 401 Mangustas were manufactured and about 250 are known to exist in the world even today, thanks to the efforts of the collectors. When it made its first appearance at the Turin Show as the Ghia Mangusta, it was sold for $11,500. However, the price today ranges anywhere between $130,000 to $140,000 to own one of these beauties.

Interior

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When you are looking into a car that is more than 50 years old, there is not much you can expect in terms of modern luxuries. Still, the car boasts of power windows and air conditioning! A low 'wall' which had a gear-stick on it separates the two seats of this left-wheel drive sports car. The seats are cup shaped but not the best in ergonomics. The floor space is extensive carpeted with ample legroom. One look at the dashboard and you realize that it is populated with gauges and switches in plenty - at least about 9 of each! The switches are all of the toggle type, silver in color. The steering wheel was large with a triple support from the central horn. The small cabin is separated from the back engine through a glass partition.

Exterior

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The Mangusta has the capacity to 'wow' onlookers even to this day! At the first sight, it appears as a wide yet wickedly sleek car. Sitting low on the ground, the car exudes a sexy charm. The wow factor comes in when the flaps behind open up in gull-wing style to reveal its engine. Though the engine covers were so radical, the doors of the car were conventional and traditional. There is a simple grille and based on the model, either two or four headlamps are present. The hood is very wide and the large cast-alloy wheels sit under the fenders which have been aggressively flared. The engine covers are hinged on a dorsal rib which proceed to constitute a fastback tail. The hood slopes downward and has a large holding capacity within. The rear-view mirrors sit on the back corners of the hood.

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