In 1965, the P-70 prototype was shown by DeTomaso
at the Turin Motorshow
. This prototype was really just a styling demonstration for the car that would be unveiled the next year: the Mangusta.
The Mangusta was a mid-engine V8 powered by a five-liter Ford
engine. (The version of the Mangusta sold to the European market only had a 4.7 liter engine). The most striking feature is its design. Giorgetto Giugiaro
designed the streamlined, flowing shape of the body. The engine and rear storage are accessed via dual gull-wing doors
, and the whole design appears to be quite ahead of its time.
Only 401 Mangustas were manufactured between 1967 and 1971. Much of the design was retained in Alejandro DeTomaso
's next car, the Pantera
This car was not in many prominent movies, but it did appear in Kill Bill: Volume 2
as Bill's car.
: 3050 lbs
: 5-Speed Manual
: Ford V8
: 4949 cc
: 230 bhp @ 4800 rpm
: 310 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
: 7.0 sec
: 19.1 sec
: 15.1 sec
: 155 mph
This car is not to be confused with the Qvale Mangusta
, which began production in 2000. The Qvale Mangusta, though it has the same name, bears little resemblance to DeTomaso's original car.