Qvale Mangusta or Mustang SVT: Which Would You Buy
In 1996, Ford Motor Company took its SN-95 Mustang into a dark room, gave it a thorough thwacking, and rustled up something truly special. The resultant car was the Ford SVT Cobra, a Mustang that other Mustangs wanted to grow up to be. The Cobra’s defining characteristic was its 305-horsepower V8, a modern and livable alternative to the previous 5.0-liter V8, developed by Ford’s crack Special Vehicle Team. But what if you want that late ‘90s tower of power in something a bit more, shall we say, exotic? Luckily you can. And we found one (link at bottom). RELATED: Check out photos of the late '90s SN-95 Ford Mustang Cobra
This is the Qvale Mangusta, a car that – in addition to having the heart of a Ford – has spent a significant amount of time being another car as well. The story begins with Alejandro de Tomaso, ex-racer and the man responsible for the De Tomaso sports cars.
In the early ‘90s, de Tomaso enlisted Marcello Gandini to pen him a new coupe. So Gandini set to work and created this shape, initially called the Bigua. The striking design, which featured a trick three-position removable roof (fixed, targa, and convertible), caught the eyes of many when it debuted at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show. Underneath, the Bigua sported a chassis crafted by F1 designer Enrique Scalabroni and, of course, featured the punchy 4.6-liter V8 Ford powertrain.
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However, de Tomaso needed to make sure his car sold in the US market, so he partnered with Bruce Qvale, son of famed North American auto importer Kjell Qvale. The deal eventually went south and Qvale was left holding all the puzzle pieces. Instead of coming to market as a de Tomaso, the V8 sports car made its millennium debut as the Qvale Mangusta.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. Retailing for $84,000, less than 300 versions were sold from 2000 to 2001, and the glut of them ended up in North America (at least we know who held up their end of the bargain). Ironically, the Mangusta did live on once again – at least momentarily – as the 2003 MG Xpower SV.
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So, there you go Internet. Does this storied and admittedly checkered past deserve a spot in your garage and the cash in your wallet, or is its V8 best suited in its original Mustang engine bay? Find the listing here.RELATED: See more of the rarified 2000 Qvale Mangusta sports car
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