My Car Quest

October 18, 2021

The Importance of a Carrozzeria to an American Automaker

by Wallace Wyss - Car companies make mistakes. To me, one of the dumbest moves Ford did in recent decades was to let go of the hallowed name of a famous carrozzeria (coachbuilder) they had bought degrades ago, namely Ghia. … [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...]

Open Letter to Jim Farley, CEO of Ford: Ford Should Buy DeTomaso (Again)

To: James D. Farley, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Co. Why would I advise that Ford buy DeTomaso? Last time in the early '70s it didn't go too well. The car--the Pantera--was flawed. Ford even had to go visit the first 100 … [Read more...]

A De Tomaso Mangusta Commissioned by Carroll Shelby is Sold

Mecum sells a piece of history - a hot rodded Mangusta with Shelby Mk V badges keeps 'Gooses over $300K. by Wallace Wyss - The Mangusta's time in the sun is at last a reality--they have soared to over $300,000 which is up to Iso Grifo … [Read more...]

De Tomaso Mangusta: Rare Birds No. 3

by Mike Gulett - Below is a short video featuring a rare car that most of us do not see everyday or Rare Birds as I call them. The De Tomaso Mangusta is a mid-engine Ford powered beast that was based on the De Tomaso Vallelunga chassis. … [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...]