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Friday, February 5, 2021

De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby MkV Prototype

In the 1960s there were two big names in the automotive world, Alejandro De Tomaso and Caroll Shelby who were known to have worked together. Both of them have similar backgrounds were former racing drivers turned automakers with almost the same philosophy of making European light cars with excellent handling and adding a hefty American V8 drivetrain.
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby Mark V Prototype was the only one ever made. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r6Ytcs)
De Tomaso and Shelby worked together in at least two car projects which was later transformed into the De Tomaso Sports 5000 and De Tomaso P70 prototypes. However, after the failure of the P70 project, the two later separated, as it is known that Shelby managed the Ford GT40
Le Mans program and De Tomaso developed his own car which later known as the Mangusta.
The "Shelby MkV" badging on the grille and unusual paint scheme are indicators that this is no ordinary Mangusta. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r6Ytcs)
As quoted of Carscoops, the original Mangusta car design was done by Giorgetto Giugiaro when he was still working at Carrozzeria Ghia and was originally intended to be a model for the new Iso Rivolta car. For some reason, Iso's boss at the time Renzo Rivolta rejected the design and then Alejandro De Tomaso immediately bought the design for his own use. He later named it as the 'Mangusta,' an Italian word for 'mongoose.'
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby Mark V Prototype is finished in bright red with white racing stripes, a rear spoiler, side scoops and "Shelby MK V" badging. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r6Ytcs)
The mongoose is the only animal that hunts, kills and eats cobras. It is not known whether the car naming has anything to do with Caroll Shelby, who at that time appeared with a car brand called Shelby Cobra. Or maybe with the Manguta name, De Tomaso wants to show the competition between himself and Shelby.
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby Mark V Prototype was a well-equipped vehicle with air conditioning and power windows, leather seats, and ample instrumentation. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r6Ytcs)
Uniquely, in the De Tomaso Mangusta car development, it again involved the Caroll Shelby name when the car was sent to the United States for evaluation by Ford, one of the American car manufacturers. At that time, the car, which was named De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby Mark V, was painted, given the distinctive Shelby badge and was predicted to be the successor of the famous Ford GT40 Mark IV. However, after being examined by the Ford executives and was decided to reject the car design.
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby Mark V Prototype cabin features a black leather interior with a gated shifter for rowing gears, controls for the power window lifts and air conditioning. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r6Ytcs)
The De Tomaso Mangusta made its first public appearance at the 1966 Turin Motor Show, shortly after the car returned from America. It is believed that only one De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby MkV was ever built, then the De Tomaso Mangusta production version was made as much as 401 units between 1967 and 1971. The car sits on a steel backbone chassis with a load-bearing and uses a rear-mid mounted Ford V8 engine.
The De Tomaso P70 steel backbone chassis, a modified version was used on the Mangusta. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r6Ytcs)
For the engine, it is known that there are 2 types of V8 engines used in the De Tomaso Mangusta cars, namely the 208 cu.in. engine which was originally used on models produced for the European market, while for the American model used the 302 cu.in. But in later production cycles the entire car was fitted with a 302 cu.in engine. In addition, the car is also equipped with the independent front-rear suspensions, disc brakes on all four corners, rack and pinion steering, and a five-speed ZF transaxle to send the engine power to the rear wheels.
Beneath the rear gullwing hatches resides a Boss 302 Ford engine, professed to be built by Shelby American, and is fitted with finned "DeTomaso" valve covers and a current jackshaft to operate the alternator and standard air conditioning compressor. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r6Ytcs)
The car's interior is described as comfortable for people under 6 feet tall and a little tight for those above it. It was a well-equipped vehicle with air conditioning and power windows, leather seats, and ample instrumentation. As well as the stunning good looks of the Mangusta, perhaps the most famous of which is the gullwing bay rear door which both opens to offer excellent engine access on both sides.

The Mangusta has unusual engine bay lids that can both open fully to give excellent access. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r6Ytcs)
And it given a distinctive livery of red with white racing stripes and carrying the Shelby MkV bathing front and rear, indicates that the car is a unique piece of automotive history that many don’t know about. If you are a true automotive enthusiast and dreaming of a truly valuable car, then this one is the right choice.
Especially considering the high prices of the original Ford GT40 and Shelby Cobras. Now you have the opportunity to own it or even just to see it at the Mecum Auction list. And reportedly the De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby MkV prototype car will be sold at auction with prices ranging from the US. $ 300,000 to $ 350,000. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | SILODROME | MECUM AUCTION ]
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