My Car Quest

October 26, 2021

The Strange Case of the Ghia Cobra

by Wallace Wyss - If I had to name a culprit, who was behind the appearance and disappearance of a Ghia bodied Cobra roadster I'd say Alejandro De Tomaso. The quirky Argentinian was a customer of Ghia first, having them build his fiberglass mid … [Read more...]

The First De Tomaso Mangusta Sold Long Ago – Where Is It Now?

by Wallace Wyss - Prototypes are sold if the automaker goes out of business. That's the hard truth of what happened to the first De Tomaso Mangusta, which was sold, as were all the rest of the prototypes. I'd like to see it again in its … [Read more...]

Design Critique: De Tomaso Mangusta

by Wallace Wyss - I remember the first time I saw one, in roughly 1968-'69, before the Pantera was announced, in Michigan outside a car museum, in Hickory Corners. The owner was crawling underneath it to adjust the transmission with Allen … [Read more...]

Why Not The De Tomaso Longchamp?

by Mike Gulett - Alejandro de Tomaso was Argentinean but his cars were Italian with American power and oh, some of his cars were styled by an American working for an Italian design firm. Got it? When I think of De Tomaso I think of beautiful, … [Read more...]

The Italian Mustang – The Qvale Mangusta

Some great names involved but the product was drek… by Wallace Wyss - It seemed like old times. Here you had Kjell Qvale, a successful car dealer in San Francisco, and here he had Alejandro de Tomaso, a successful car builder in Italy. A … [Read more...]

Chrysler’s Anti-Cobra:The Ghia 450SS

not really the same market... by Wallace Wyss - Well, on paper the Ghia 450SS was the same idea—you take a shop over in Europe and you ship them an American V8 engine and transmission and stuff it into a chassis made over there and body it … [Read more...]