Want to break into the vintage exotic car scene? This might be the perfect car to do it with. It's a De Tomaso Mangusta—one of 401 built—for sale in California. It's in good running condition, and looks stunning. It's . You should buy it.
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The Mangusta was the predecessor to De Tomaso's more popular Pantera. Like the Pantera, it uses a mid-mounted Ford V-8 engine, sending power to the rear via a five-speed transaxle. This particular car is an early-production 1970 model with 21,826 miles on the odometer, painted in red.
According to the sellers, this Mangusta is in good running condition, though from the pictures, things are a little rough around the edges. There are exposed wires hanging from underneath the dashboard, the carpeting is dirty, and there are copious rock chips along the front clip. Also, the left front tire wears a totally different tread pattern from the other three. The engine bay seems largely original, though strangely, the gearbox looks brand-new. The listing says this car was optioned with air conditioning and power windows, though doesn't say whether either of those features are currently operational.
The car is with a price of $225,000 or best offer. Compared to your average driver-level Pantera, that's a lot. But the Mangusta is much rarer, and arguably the prettier of the two.