- Body Type: Convertible
- 52,574 Km
- Year Built: 2000
- Trans: Manual
- Ext color: Mangusta Green Metallic
- Int color: Cappuccino Leather
320 bhp, 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
A rare hand-built Italian exotic that was built in Modena, Italy; this 2001 Qvale Mangusta is #072 of 284 ever produced. The 2000 Qvale Mangusta continues the tradition of luxury Italian sports cars by delivering performance, innovation and exclusivity in a package that evokes the best in Italian styling and design.
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.
This 2000 Qvale Mangusta is resplendent in Mangusta Green Metallic over Cappuccino leather, and it shows over 52,000 kilometres from new.