Inspired by the United Kingdom’s TVR, Alejandro de Tomasso teamed up with noted ex-Lamborghini and Maserati designer Marcello Gandini to create a new, bespoke coupé with a removable three-position fixed/targa/convertible roof, which was initially called the Biguà.
The coupé, powered by Ford Motor Company’s then-new modular 4.6-litre V-8 engine, rode on a chassis penned by former Formula One designer Enrique Scalabroni, and its high-tech resin transfer moulding body panels put the Biguà in the company of the Alfa Romeo SZ and Lotus Elan M100.
With volume in mind, de Tomaso teamed up with Maserati’s North American importer, Bruce Qvale (son of imported car legend Kjell Qvale), to sell the car in the United States. However, the two sides had a falling out that subsequently saw the sporty car renamed to Qvale Mangusta before it went on sale in 2000. Fewer than 300 examples were sold during the first years of the 21st century, and most of them wound up in North America.
320 hp, 4,601 cc DOHC Ford V-8 engine, five-speed BorgWarner T45 manual transmission, front and rear double-wishbone suspension, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,670 mm
Source: RM Auctions