1970 DeTomaso Mangusta GT

The Mangusta was among the very first supercars, and it helped established De Tomaso as a serious automobile manufacturer on its arrival in 1967. It was the work of Alejandro De Tomaso, whose background included racing in his native Argentina in 1951 before moving to Italy to drive for Maserati and OSCA (a company that had been founded by the Maserati brothers). This experience led him to form his own company - De Tomaso Automobili, in Modena, Italy in 1959. The company built cars for Formula Junior, Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1. The first road going DeTomaso was the Vallelunga which first appeared in 1965. It was a mid-engine coupe powered by a Ford 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Vallelunga was not a sales success and built in limited number. The short-wheelbase, backbone chassis did provided the basis for the Mangusta (albeit after having been re-engineered).

The Mangusta (meaning mongoose - the only animal that does not fear a Cobra) was introduced in 1967 and came powered by a mid-mounted 289 cubic-inch Ford V8 engine. This was the same engine that had been used to power Ford's GT40 LeMans challenger. The engine in the Mangusta offered just over 300 horsepower and included the GT40's early-type ZF transaxle. Later versions of the Mangusta were powered by the Ford 302 cubic-inch 220 horsepower engine and a later ZF transmission.

The De Tomaso Mangusta was developed from a Ghia concept at the 1966 Torino Auto Show. The styling and coachwork for the Mangusta was courtesy of Carrozzeria Ghia's Giorgetto Giugiaro (who was also responsible for the design of the Vallelunga). The exotic design had gull-wing style engine covers, which had been intended for Giotto Bizzarrini. The design was inspired by many prior Giugiaro's design that included the Maserati Ghibli, Iso Grifo, Ferrari 250 Berlinetta Bertone and Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT. It also closely followed Eric Broadley's Lola Mk VI design, which was modified to become the Ford GT 40. It was a styling exercise that was somewhere between Marcello Gandini's Lamborghini Miura and Tom Tjaarda's Pantera. The potent engine and aerodynamic design gave the Mangusta a top speed of around 155 mph. Disc brakes at all four corners provided the stopping power.

Between 1967 and 1972, a total of 401 examples were built.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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First shown in 1966, the production of Mangusta started the following year, reaching the number of 402 vehicles manufactured and thus representing the final step of De Tomaso towards the world of high-performance cars (a well-known category in Modena). In 1967 the take-over of Ghia was determining, and prototype 70P became Mangusta. This name is strictly related to that of the contender Ford Cobra....
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Alejandro de Tomaso had many avocations before his career in the automotive world. He was born in Argentina in 1928. His *** family had been wealthy Argentine cattle farmers and his father had immigrated from Italy. By age 15 Alejandro left school to pursue the cattle business. Within a few years he was running the family business and racing on the side. He also provided financial support to an....
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1970 DeTomaso Mangusta GT vehicle information

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Designer: Ghia

Argentinean-born exoticar maker Alejandro DeTomaso established DeTomaso Automobili near Modena, Italian in 1959. His first production car, the 1965 Ghia-designed four-cylinder Vallelunga, boasted a lightweight central 'spine' chassis and mid-engine ....[continue reading]

1970 DeTomaso Mangusta GT vehicle information

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Designer: Ghia

Chassis Num: 8MA1118

Alejandro de Tomaso, born in Argentina, produced his first car in 1963, the Vallelunga. It was a mid-engine, coupe wearing coachwork by Ghia and powered by a Ford engine. In total, there were about 52 examples produced. A few years later, in 1967, de....[continue reading]

1970 DeTomaso Mangusta GT vehicle information

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Designer: Ghia

The Mangusta was produced from 1967 to 1971. It had a mid-engine design with the engine mounted ahead of the rear axles behind the driver. During the time of production, 401 examples were built with about two-thirds of them being sent to the United S....[continue reading]

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$830-$11,135
1970 Mangusta GT
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1970 DeTomaso Mangusta GT Base Price : $11,135

Model Year Production

#1#2#3DeTomaso
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)

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