The Qvale Mangusta was born from the desire to create a sports car, essential but refined; the inspiration came from the TVRs: the British cars had attracted the attention of Maserati’s technical director, Giordano Casarini, who convinced his friend and Argentine manufacturer, Alejandro De Tomaso, to build one in his Modena factories.
De Tomaso had a prototype made with the lines of the master Marcello Gandini, a prototype that took the name of De Tomaso Biguà; the car debuted in 1996 at the Geneva motor show. Qvale founded the Modena plant to build what will be the Mangusta. The Qvale Mangusta is a light and sporty car; the steel frame of Enrique Scalabroni, former designer in Formula 1, has front and rear suspensions with double wishbones and Brembo disc brakes, while the body is made of plastic material with a resin “transfer molding” process (RTM ). 4601 cc Ford V8 engine developing 320 hp, mated to the BorgWarner T45 five-speed manual gearbox.
Designed by the brilliant Marcello Gandini, the line is a timeless example. A great feature is the “roto-top” movable roof, which offers passengers three possible configurations: coupé, “targa” and spider. Completed on November 10, 1999, Mangusta made its world debut on January 6, 2000. Qvale chose his home field by unveiling his car at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Overall, 284 cars were sold, mostly in the North American market, while in Europe sales only stopped at 18 cars, including the one on the right presented at the British Motor Show in October 2000. La Mangusta with frame no. ZF498M00000010001 is the first chassis produced and has remained in Italy with its original owners until now. This is the first of the 284 cars produced by the American brand; it is exactly as it came off the line, painted in pearl red coral, with a cappuccino-colored leather interior and has just over 3,000 kilometers on the speedometer.
The car is in perfect condition, and is the example that was unveiled, for the first time in the world, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on January 6, 2000. For this reason, being the first example, in addition to the name on the tail and to the symbol on the wheels of the Qvale group, the car is the only example to carry the De Tomaso badges, on the nose and on the sides. The Mangusta line, designed by Marcello Gandini, is still updated, timeless, even if the project is now twenty years old. The V8 engine, almost handcrafted, in the Ford SVT department, combined with the manual gearbox gives the Mangusta great performance, pushing powerfully and continuously from low revs and allows the car to easily exceed 250 km / h.
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*Please note the price for this vehicle is EUROS, not GBP.