by Mike -
This 1969 Mangusta was recently acquired by Bud Millard who is a friend that seems to attend as many local car events as I do.
Bud tells me that this car is completely original and has never had any restoration work. It sat unused in the last owners garage for the past 18 years and has lived all of its life in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The odometer displayed 36,813 miles on the day that I had a ride last week, only 850 miles per year! The condition of the car supports the unrestored survivor label. The interior is in excellent condition and the trunk looks like it has never held anything.
The body has some small paint chips but no evidence of anything more than the 36,813 miles of normal driving. The paint is in excellent condition and still has that beautiful red shine as you can see from the pictures.
Approximately 400 Mangustas were produced between 1967 and 1971; 150 were the European version using the Ford V8 289 cid engine with 305 hp, and 250 were the US version, with the Ford 302 cid engine with 230 hp.
This example, VIN 870 and build number 185, has the 302 cid engine as would be expected on a US delivery car.
There are thought to be fewer than 150 Mangustas left in existence.
Top speed is 130 mph and zero to 60 mph arrives in 6.3 seconds for the US version. The transmission is a manual ZF 5 speed.
Below is the ride video – turn up the sound and use full screen.
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