A red 1966 De Tomaso Mangusta on display in Paris in 1991
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The Mangusta is a sports car produced by the Italian automaker De Tomaso Automobili from 1966 to 1971. It was the brand’s second production road car. It was also De Tomaso Automobili founder Alejandro de Tomaso’s answer to the P70, which he had built with the legendary racer and automotive designer Carroll Shelby before the two parted ways.

A later iteration came courtesy of the now-defunct Italian automaker Qvale from 1999 to 2002. The company developed the car from the De Tomaso Biguá prototype and had called its model the De Tomaso Mangusta in honor of the late-’60s version. But Alejandro de Tomaso didn’t want his name associated with the project.

Qvale’s two-door two-seater packs a 4.6-liter Ford Modular V8 engine and shares interior components with the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra. Known for its performance and handling, this version also features a unique “roto-top,” allowing for Targa-like and convertible configurations. Qvale made fewer than 300 examples.

About De Tomaso

  • 2000 Qvale Mangusta (Starting around $80,000 new)
  • Pros: Unique, rare, and exclusive
  • Cons: Overpriced for basically a modified Ford Mustang
  • See Also: Pantera

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