1972 De Tomaso Mangusta

Looking to create sports cars that rivalled Ferrari and Lamborghini, Argentinian racing driver Alejandro de Tomaso began with the Vallelunga before launching the Mangusta in 1967. Bold styling by Giorgetto Giugiario featured gullwing-hinged covers over the engine and luggage compartment. Its name was a jibe at the Shelby Cobra. The European version received a more powerful Ford 289-cu. in. engine mated to a five-speed ZF gearbox. Contemporary road tests quoted a top speed of 250 km/h. Production ended after 401 cars, and only 150 found European owners. Today, 250 are believed to have survived worldwide.

RM Sotheby's will be offering this car at their upcoming Paris auction on the 7th February 2018. The estimated value is between €190,000 - €240,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Peter Seabrook ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.