De Tomaso

eBay Deal of the Week: 1972 Detomaso Pantera

Posted in De Tomaso, eBay Motors, European Rides, General, Promoted by MrAngry | October 14th, 2013 | 2 Responses |

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A mix of Italian styling and American muscle, the Detomaso Pantera is a super car hybrid of sorts. The overall package worked, but it was never a true star amongst exotic car enthusiasts. What you are viewing today on eBay Motors is a 1972 DeTomaso Pantera that has been tastefully modified with extended fender flares, Ferrari 550 Maranello headlamps, custom 17-inch wheels and Wilwood brakes. The interior remains stock with the exception of nicely integrated 4-point harnesses. If you’ve ever been interested in owning an affordable super car, then this 1972 Pantera is a car you may want to take a look at.

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De Tomaso Vallelunga

Posted in Celebrity Cars, De Tomaso, History by Dustin Driver | September 20th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

De Tomaso is known for stuffing huge lumps of American iron into gorgeous Italian bodies. The company’s first car, however, was a bit more modest. The Vallelunga was powered by the venerable 1.5-liter Ford Kent four cylinder and used a VW transaxle. It was the world’s first mid-engine production car. And any respectable gearhead should know all about it.

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Mangusta Legacy Project – As good as the original?

Posted in Best of, De Tomaso, Design, European Rides, General, News, Rides by MrAngry | January 3rd, 2012 | 2 Responses |

Mangusta Legacy Concept

When most people think of De Tomaso, they generally think of the iconic Pantera. The Pantera was one of those rare cars that blended Italian design with good ole’ American firepower. However before the Pantera hit the streets, De Tomaso had given the world and even edgier beast. It was called the Mangusta and if it doesn’t make you’re naughty bits tingle then there’s something seriously wrong with you. The Mangusta was originally powered by a mid-mounted 306 hp Ford 289 cubic inch V8 that was hidden under a pair of beautifully designed gull-wing doors. It also had a sloping hood line that ended in a set of quad mounted headlamps. The car was simply stunning and even today can hold its own with some of the best looking automobiles ever made.

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1971 PANTERA GROUP IV RACER

Posted in Best of, De Tomaso, eBay Motors, European Rides, General, News, Rants & Raves, Rides by MrAngry | April 13th, 2011 | 1 Response |

1971 Pantera Group IV Racer

The Pantera has never been a car that’s garnered much respect from the exotic car crowd. With its Italian body and American heart, many of the super car purists simply looked upon it as an automobile with an identity crises. However, there are those of us who view these mechanical melting pots as some of the coolest high performance cars ever created. Designed by U.S. born designer Tom Tjaarda and built by De Tomaso over in Italy, the Pantera was outfitted with a 5.8-liter 351 cu in Cleveland V8 from Ford that produced 330 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This equated to a 0-60 mph time of around 5.5 seconds and a top speed of just under 160 mph. Pretty impressive numbers for 39 years ago. Keep in mind however that those numbers are for a stock 1971 Pantera and that the one you are viewing here is anything but.
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Forgotten Classic: 1967–1971 De Tomaso Mangusta

Posted in Classic, Collector Cars, De Tomaso, Exotic Cars by MrAngry | January 21st, 2011 | 1 Response |

DeTomaso Mangusta

When most people hear the name De Tomaso, they immediately think of the Ford powered, mid-engined Pantera. Its sleek wedged shape design is timeless and with a blend of Italian style and American firepower under the hood, it’s thought by some to be one of the easiest of the classic super cars to own and operate. Unbeknown to some however, there was a predecessor to the flying wedge in the form of the De Tomaso Mangusta. The Mangusta is a car that made its debut in 1967 and is, in my opinion leaps and bounds ahead of the Pantera in terms of sheer looks and desirability. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the car looks like an organic cross between a manta-ray and a great white shark.
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10 Forgotten Exotics from the 1980’s.

Forgotten Exotic Cars

For me, the 1980’s conjure up visions of cars like the Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Testarossa and Porsche 959. These were the super cars of the day and ones that I always hoped I would have a chance to drive. Most of them were outstanding performers by 1980’s standards, and have thus far, stood the test of time. There were however a select group of exotics built during the 1980’s that for one reason or another, never really caught on with the buying public. Maybe it had to do with spotty build quality, an exceedingly high price tag or the fact that they were underachievers. Whatever the reason though some of these big dollar cars simply didn’t make it and because of that, they sit below as part of this list.
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Lust for sale: 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta

Posted in Collector Cars, De Tomaso, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Favorite Cars by Dustin Driver | February 15th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Would you pay $98 grand for a Ford 302? I certainly would, considering it’s wrapped in gorgeous Italian steel. This 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta is one of only about 120 left in the world and it’s flawless with only 9,000-odd miles on the odometer. It’s for sale at Fantasy Junction, one of the best exotic car dealers on the West Coast. Hit the jump for more photos and info about this ’70s super car.

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