De Tomaso Mangusta
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Sports coupe De Tomaso Mangusta was presented at the Turin motor show in 1966, small-scale production started in 1967. The car replaced the Vallelunga model, the first model of the company, which was not successful and was not in demand among buyers.
The General design of the “Mongoose” was the same as that of its predecessor spinal frame, mid-engine layout, rear-wheel drive, independent suspension of all wheels. For the coupe design posted a young Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ghia, the company, thanks to him the car has received significant look and roll-up doors type “gull wing”.
The car could boast a good for those years, equipment: electric Windows, radio, air conditioning, adjustable seats.
The interior of the coupe, De Tomaso Mangusta, 1967-1970
On model De Tomaso Mangusta set “Ford” engine 4.7 V8 from the Mustang, which, thanks to the improvements of the company Carroll Shelby developed 306 HP transmission was automatic, five-speed.
Specifically for the American market was prepared version with the V8 5.0 Ford motor, which despite a larger volume was weaker than the European version — 220 HP Specifically for the characteristics of the powertrain was modified gear ratio of a transmission, but still the coupe for the United States was losing the dynamics of the original version.
Production coupe, De Tomaso Mangusta ended in 1971, there were made four hundred of these machines. The vacant place in the lineup took the car to Pantera.