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.
The Mangusta was built from 1967 to 1971. It was designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone, who penned the Maserati Ghibli, DeLorean DMC-12, Lotus Esprit S1, first generation VW Golf and Scirocco, Alfa Romeo 105/115 Series coupes and many, many more. Only 400 Mangustas were built and just 200 made it to the states. In Europe, they got a hot 289 V8, but we ended up with the larger, but less powerful 302.
The mid-engine chassis flexed like a wet noodle and the terrible 32/68 front/rear weight distribution meant extremely sketchy handling. But LOOK at the thing. Just look at it. It’s a wedge of pure lust. If I had the means, it would be in my garage right now.
Source: Fantasy Junction