1969 DeTomaso Mangusta

Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Ghia, the DeTomaso Mangusta was first introduced in 1967. Only 401 cars were manufactured until production ceased in 1971, with its successor being the well-known DeTomaso Pantera.

Housing a 289-ci Ford V8, mated to a 5-speed ZF manual transmission, the Mangusta served out over 300 bhp. In standard trim, the specification included all-around disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension and electric windows — a luxury for a supercar of its time. When opened to reveal the beautiful V8 engine, the unique design of the two clamshells gives the Mangusta an unforgettable silhouette that even a non-petrol-head would appreciate.

We are proud to offer this exquisitely restored-to-original-specification Mangusta. This twin-headlight model is presented in red with a black leather interior, and is a left-hand-drive European car that was sold new to a Mr. Norman Dube of Nova Scotia, Canada. In April 2002, the car headed to the sunnier climes of California.

Within a couple of months, it was decided that it would benefit from a full restoration, and historic racing specialists TSR Enterprises Inc. of Sonoma, CA, carried out a complete overhaul of the car. The history file contains extensive bills exceeding $70,000 that detail all work undertaken. A must-have feature on any car in California is air-conditioning, and this was fitted at the time of restoration.

After a decade of enjoyment from the Mangusta, the second keeper sold the car in August 2012, to a British businessman who resided in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. It was he who imported the car back to the U.K. in June 2013 and registered the car HHY 59G. Our vendor purchased the car earlier this year and sent it to well-known specialist Simon Furlonger for a full service and MoT, while also attending to a few minor niggles that were remedied easily enough.

With the odometer now reading 34,796 miles, this car represents a masterpiece in design flair combined with brute engine power.