It was a handful to drive with almost 70% of its weight on the back axle but boy the DeTomaso Mangusta sure looks pretty. Today every midengine supercar has some kind of window that exposes the engine. Perhaps that trend started with the Mangusta. Of course it it was you drawing the car, you’d want to show off those four twin choke downdraft Weber carbs. I know that fuel injection works better but nothing dresses up a motor like twin choke Webers. This particular 1970 Mangusta was on display at the 2012 Concours of America at St. John’s in suburban Detroit. It’s owned by Greg Ornazian and it’s a fairly rare car. It’s one of 50 that were made for the US market with single popup headlights, unlike the earlier and Euro spec cars which have four fixed lamps and didn’t meet changing US standards for headlight height. It’s the same reason Lotus put slightly longer springs on the Europa, and why the rubber bumpered MGBs have such a high ride height.
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