May 14, 2011

Spotted - DeTomaso Mangusta

It was an unexpected surprise to finally get to see a DeTomaso Mangusta up-close today. One of the 401examples that left de DeTomaso factory in the early 70's. Although not as well sorted as it's contemporaries, it is a beautiful piece of rolling sculpture and a great example of Giorgetto Giugiaro work. Proof that it is impossible to predict what may show up at your local cruise-in.

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This is one low and mean looking machine.

Steering wheel is a nice touch on an otherwise boring dashboard design.

A 220 hp Ford 302 V8 and a 5 speed ZF transaxle lurks from under the unusual hood.

Center-hinged engine cover a unique Mangusta detail.

Headlight arrangement my favorite design element.

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