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Lot 604: De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

The car offered here is a European version of the Mangusta fitted with the Ford Hi-Po 289ci (4,727cc) V8 engine developing 306bhp. Some Mangustas, mostly sold in the USA, used the 302ci (5.0-litre) engine producing only 210bhp, so the difference in performance was considerable. '8MA998' is a late-series car brought to Greece by the official importer and first registered on 5th February 1972. Originally finished in dark blue with black leather interior, the car had covered only 18,500 kilometres (11,500 miles) when it was sold in 1984 to a new owner who kept it until 1997. In 1997 the Mangusta changed ownership again, passing to an enthusiast who owned a car collection that included some of the most desirable creations of Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Mangusta's stylist while at Carrozzeria Ghia. The car was treated to a professional 'last nut and bold' restoration, during which the exterior colour was changed to red while retaining the original black leather interior, which is described as in excellent condition. In 2004 the car changed hands again, entering the private collection of Mr Marios Stafylopatis where it joined a Lamborghini Miura SV, a Ferrari Daytona Spyder and many other legendary Italian supercars of the 1970s. Mr Stafylopatis, well known for his passion for speed, upgraded the engine specifications in line with those developed by fellow Mangusta owner Laurent Bouzoulouk. All the parts were supplied from the USA by Summit Racing Equipment and the work was carried out in-house by the Italian engineer who looks after the collection of more than 45 cars. We are advised that the result is a mechanically excellent car, retaining a beautiful patina from its 1997 restoration, which has covered fewer than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) since. The Mangusta has been in the current vendor's possession since 2008. Less than 400 kilometres (250 miles) have been covered since then and the car has benefited from routine maintenance including overhauling the brakes and a full service. An alluring combination of American muscle power and Italian grace, this beautiful Mangusta is offered with significant service history and invoices together with a copy of the original Mangusta handbook and parts list.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number604
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€88000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€91762
Year1972
Condition rating2
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number8MA998
Engine numberCP 007
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors