Alejandro DeTomaso had the idea to marry a big American V-8 to his Vallelunga backbone-style chassis. Not a revolutionary idea and he knew that. So he decided it needed to be drop dead beautiful to make a splash. Alejandro met Giorgetto Guigiaro, a young designer at Ghia, and hired him to come up with something beautiful. It came together for the Turin show in 1966 when the Mangusta was unveiled with its mid-mounted Ford V-8 and ZF transaxle. Giugiaro did not disappoint with a spectacular 40-inch high body that included gullwing-type engine covers and an aluminum front bonnet. To this day, some say the Mangusta is one of his finest designs. Only 401 were produced, fewer survived, which adds to the car’s desirability.
Our Mangusta has been in a private collection for many years. The Mangusta is the more desirable 4-headlight example that is preferred by collectors. Fortunately, the Mangusta appears to have held on to most, if not all of its unique parts. A good thing because sourcing trim items for Italian exotics is never easy. The robust American mechanicals are in good working order and we believe them to be original to the car. At 35,000 miles, you would expect that to be the case. The interior shows minor wear, particularly the pedal box carpeting. The seats and door panels appear in good condition and would benefit by a deep cleaning. Electric window lifts on many Italian exotics are not always the fastest when compared to modern lifts. That is the case with this Mangusta. Slow window lifts in many cases can be cured by some cleaning and lubrication. The Mangusta does come with a spare wheel/tire, but no tool kit or owner’s manual.
The asking price is $295,000. The Mangusta is stored at the owner’s facility outside of Boston and can be seen and evaluated by appointment.
We really like this car. Not because it is the most beautiful or rare but because it is so well engineered. And it is rather rare so you won’t see yourself coming and going. Sean Sheridan, our senior Ferrari technician, has worked on this car. One might say you can have a similar driving experience in this Flaminia Coupe as you would in an early Ferrari road car albeit with less power (but a lot less money). This offering has been turned into a nice driver quality car that with a little more effort, could be even more presentable cosmetically. The paint is “okay” and the chrome could be brighter but the interior looks nice as is. Contact us for more information and pricing should be in the mid-20s. For more photos click here.
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We know where they are and what condition they are in. What we need to confirm are the asking prices. The Lancia is a late ’50s example in Slate Gray with dark red leather interior. It is in good “driver condition” but needs a bit more to be totally dialed in. The Fiat 1500 OSCA Spider is a rare bird. It is a real example and not just a transplanted motor. This one is a black-plate California car and is very complete including the Nardi wheel, special gauges and 15″ rims, but it needs a restoration. Contact me directly if either one interests you. We should have pictures on Monday when the snow clears!
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the few 4-wheel drive trucks coveted by collectors. Patterned after the Jeep and Land Rover 4-wheelers, the Land Cruiser proved that Toyota could produce a tough multi-purpose platform and not just econoboxes. In production for a quarter century, the FJ became the “go to” vehicle in remote areas of the world. In standard form, they are capable of climbing mountains, crossing deserts, and, well, doing just about the impossible. Read More
If you prefer a beautiful Jaguar that is easier to live with than an early Jag, the Series II E-types are the cars you should look at. US Government regulations caused the loss of the trademark covered headlamps, forced the repositioning of the tail lights, toggle switches were abandoned and one carburetor. But Jaguar took the opportunity to make it a little bit better while they dealt with the new rules. Therefore the Series II cars were cured of one of the E-types biggest problems and that is overheating. Jaguar enlarged the air intake and installed some cooling fans effectively taking care of the issue.
Before there were muscle cars, there were cars with muscle; big bruisers with lots of horsepower and lots of sheetmetal. Today’s featured car is one of those big bruisers. In 1960, Ford, trying to catch Chevy in the sales race, introduced an all-new car. The Galaxie versions were the top of the line, and for 1960, it was a model series instead of a sub-series of the Fairlane 500. Ford was responding to Chevy’s Super Sports and supported the big Galaxie with an ad campaign called “the lively ones”. Despite being an all-new car, Ford’s rival still outsold them by 215,000 cars. The 1961 Galaxie was reskinned from the glass house down and lost the distinct look of the 1960 cars. Read More
Most of us know about the virtues of the vintage Volvo 544 but this one goes back farther than most of us here in the US are familiar with. I did say most of us because I, a former owner of a ’53 PV444, know more than most. I found mine in the desert outside of Palm Springs, California.
Our PV444 found in the California desert in 1986
It was sitting behind a ramshackle house, surrounded by old refrigerators and wood pallets. The tires were flat so the belly was resting on sand for many years. The owner sold it to me for not a lot of money and I gave him explicit instructions. I would send a truck to pick it up and have it transported to the local Volvo dealer to see if they could get it running and prepare it for shipping to New Jersey. Read More
Motor magazines have quoted the Busso V-6 engine as one of the best sounding engines ever. The British Classic & Sportscar noted it as “The best sounding engine, this side of a Maserati V-8”. If you’ve ever heard one at full chat, it is a very cool sound. We really like these Alfas after years of not really liking the way they look. But the Giugiaro design is now appreciated and has become pretty neat to look at. If you look carefully, you’ll notice some details that were first deployed in the Montreal like the scallops over the headlights and the tail light cluster. Read More
Auto Turismo Sport’s Shop on a typical day. A ’68 Porsche 911S in the foreground and a Ferrari 275 GTS on the lift. Our Mercedes is is in the background.
We are getting there. It’s been a long slog getting the Mercedes-Benz 230S roadworthy. It sat for such a long time, the fuel putrefied and fouled the entire fuel system. That meant taking the tank out, boiling and relining it. We double lined the tank and it took over a week to cure. We had plenty to do while we waited. It has been at Mint headquarters for 2 weeks now and we have mounted the Cibie Super Oscars, and made prototypes for some brackets and a center control console. We are spending time getting miles under our belt and making a few repairs in the process. Yesterday, we mounted a new fuel pump from Mercedes-Benz Classic Center – thanks Tom Hanson – and our new sisal cocomats from Cocomats.com – thanks Drew.
A bunch of SAAB engine designers and enthusiasts formed a limited research-and-development team to build a small sports car, with a total budget of only 75,000 kroner. It became known as the Sonett, a name derived from the Swedish phrase Så nätt den är – How neat is it. The Sonett 1 – only six were made. The Sonett II had better success building 258 units. They felt they were limiting the market by using the 2-stroke engine so plans were rushed into play to adapt Ford’s V-4 engine for the next version. Read More
We featured this wonderful Ferrari 10 days ago. The 308 GT4 is a Ferrari model that has been flying under the radar for sometime but recently been recognized as a great buy. To quote Donald Osborne, contributor to Sports Car Market Magazine, “The dynamic qualities become apparent as soon as you drive one. It is a superbly balanced car, with responsive handling, and considering it comes from the mid-1970s, enough power to entertain. The long wheelbase gives the GT4 an excellent ride, and the seats are quite comfortable for long trips.” Mr. Osborne holds to the theory that when you are looking for that special car, buy the best one you can afford. This Ferrari, at 27,000 miles with a recent service, could be that car. Contact the seller by clicking here.
Enzo Ferrari and Sergio Pininfarina were cut from the same cloth. They both enjoyed referring to the styling of their creations using female descriptive terms. In this case Red Head refers to the color of the cam covers on a particular series of engines. The cars those engines were shoved into were forever known as a Ferrari Testarossa. When development began for the successor to the Berlinetta Boxer, Ferrari set out to cure some of the problems they experienced with the mid-engine supercar. The Boxer’s cabin was not a place you wanted to be in on a hot summer day. Read More
It has 40,375 miles on it but the clock doesn’t work anymore so I think we’ll pass. NOT! This is one of the best preserved early BMW 2-doors we’ve encountered since we began posting. Okay, it had 1 repaint in the original Florida Green so it it is not all original but let’s not argue the point and miss this opportunity. It is a fully documented 1600 with great original paperwork, keys you name it, it is original. The veritable little elderly lady’s pride and joy. Read More
The legendary coachbuilder Sergio Pininfarina said the new Riviera was “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built,” adding that it “marked a very impressive return to simplicity of American car design.” Sir William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar and a respected designer, called it “a very wonderful job.” Raymond Loewy said the Riviera was the best-looking American car. And we credit GM’s Bill Mitchell for the design who humbly said, “I just put the crease in the trousers”. Read More