De Tomaso Mangusta Legacy

De Tomaso Mangusta Legacy



Mangusta 750hp


    Mangusta Legacy Concept just as badass as the original
    The world would be a much happier place with a little more De Tomaso Mangusta. The Pantera predecessor featured sexy Italian styling, Ford V8 power and properly scary handling. Only 401 units were built between 1967 and 1971, making the gull-wing machine a proper unicorn for any collector of Italian absurdities.

    One designer and illustrator has taken it upon himself to envision what a modern interpretation of the Mangusta might look like. The result is the Mangusta Legacy. Maxime de Keiser wanted to preserve the vehicle's low-slung, wide stance and give the Legacy an "impression of wild ferocity."

    We like the sound of that.

    The illustrator's design sketches and renderings look top notch. With its aggressive side air inlets, fiercely-raked windshield and pop-up rear wing, the machine looks like it could roll off of a production line any second. We dig it. Head over to CarBodyDesign for a closer look.

    Every so often we come upon a concept car that, despite not offering any sort of real world specifications or possibility of coming to fruition, offers an unprecedented display of what makes a concept car design both refined, yet appropriately edgy.
    Seen here, the Mangusta Legacy Concept was developed by designer and illustrator Maxime de Keiser. The Mangusta Legacy is a modern reimagining of the classic Mangusta produced by Italian automobile manufacturer De Tomaso between 1967 and 1971.
    At first glance you may notice how much the Mangusta Legacy Concept (Mangusta translates to Mongoose in Italian) hugs the ground. It possesses an extremely low profile, making it quite aerodynamic and reducing drag. Where its real life inspiration featured minimal bodywork, the Legacy introduces a busier series of air intakes, vents and spoilers. A quick glance towards the windshield also exhibits a uniquely raked viewing angle that would be difficult to see over, firmly echoing why the Mangusta Legacy is, and shall remain, a concept. Still, we can certainly appreciate the design, and wouldn’t mind seeing one of these actually take shape, even if it’s only a one off.

    Design graduate Maxime de Keiser has somehow managed to create a vehicle that combines the beauty of the classics with the characteristics and craftsmanship of vehicles way beyond the reach of most and make it look even more stunning than the most beautiful Lamborghini.

  4. The World Needs More Mangusta
    The De Tomaso Mangusta was the predecessor to the automaker’s more famous Pantera. Only 401 of these Italian Lambo-esque exotics were built between 1967 and 1971, and only about 170 are known to remain in existence.
    Rumor has it that De Tomaso chose the name Mangusta, Italian for “Mongoose,” because the namesake animal is capable of killing cobras. That was a little bit of trash talk directed at Carroll Shelby, whom the company had been in talks with to replace the Shelby Cobra with a De Tomaso.
    Shelby, of course, went on to build a storied relationship with Ford while De Tomaso slipped into automotive oblivion after the Pantera’s respectable run.
    Now, a design student has taken a stab at designing a modern Mangusta, and it’s just what the year 2012 could use.
    While the original car looked the part of of an exotic, the performance didn’t quite match. With a weight distribution of 32/68, the car handled like a slab of concrete.
    While the new concept is just a designer’s take on what a modern version could be, I’m loving it. Graduate student Maxime de Keiser penned the concept to honor his favorite model of the past and said,
    Like the original, it had to be spectacular and communicate an impression of wild ferocity and power while recalling the serenity of a feline at rest, and the elegance of an animal that doesn’t need to fear anything.
    I think anytime the term “wild ferocity” is used to describe a concept, good things are in store.
    Keen-eyed readers will notice the designer took the European approach and used four headlamps instead of the two pop-up lamps the original U.S. version used. Good call, I think.
    Yes, the Mangusta, both concept and original, have the ground clearance of a platypus, but still this thing looks ready to roll off a production line at any moment. All it needs is a solid chassis and a mid-mounted modern engine. Heck, just for the irony alone, give it the 5.4-liter 32-valve V8 engine that delivers 550 horsepower in the modern Shelby GT500 and watch the sales rack up!
    Alas, this Mangusta concept remains nothing more than a dream, but it’s a wonderful dream to kick off this new year.

  5. Design Spotlight: De Tomaso Mangusta Legacy Concept
    By Amos Kwon on January 3, 2012

    Who can forget the gorgeous De Tomaso Pantera, the Italian built and American (Ford V8) powered sports car? Feline and ferocious, it bore a certain panache and style that was fresh at its inception into the sports car world in the 1970s. It certainly adorned this author’s wall in poster form in the 80s. But you don’t remember much about its more classically designed predecessor, the Mangusta. Long, lean and beautiful, the Mangusta was a sight to behold, but it lacked some of the aggressiveness of the Pantera.
    Design student Maxime de Keiser decided to recreate it for the 21st century and we like what we see in his De Tomaso Mangusta Legacy Concept. Though it clearly steals some of its rear quarter panel work from the Lamborghini Diablo, the overall execution works well. The crazy flat hood and the aggressive angry-eyebrow headlight and taillight treatment give the car a cat-like appearance and the massive air intakes and wide platform give it the requisite supercar aesthetic. For now, it’s just a 3D model and the birth of an idea from a talented designer, but it could potentially be the start of a resurgent brand if it found the proper funding. We envision a carryover of the original powertrain manufacturer, perhaps dropping in the 5.4L supercharged V8 from the Ford GT. Oh, to dream.

    Designer Maxime de Keiser decided to refresh the legendary Giugiaro designed 1965 De Tomaso Mangusta. The result is beautiful and really retains the character of the original car while incorporating modern technology. We do with that the front end had retained a bit more elegance and simplicity, as it smacks of Lambo as it is.
    Kaiser says of the concept "Like the original, it had to be spectacular and communicate an impression of wild ferocity and power while recalling the serenity of a feline at rest, and the elegance of the animal that doesn’t need to fear anything"

    Vers un retour de la De Tomaso Mangusta?
    Vous ne la connaissez peut-être pas, et c'est précisément ce que l'on peut regretter : la De Tomaso Mangusta est une petite bombe, produite entre 1967 et 1971, et n'existe qu'en 401 unités.
    Cette machine a pas mal de la célèbre DeLorean de Retour vers le Futur ou de la Lancia Stratos dans son allure, et mérite elle aussi d'être culte. Un style italien sexy, un bloc V8 Ford qui envoie dur, et une sensibilité effrayante. Et pour couronner le tout, la Mangusta était un modèle « gullwing », c'est-à-dire, équipé de portes papillon. Autrement dit, une sorte de licorne inaccessible, un mythe à dénicher et posséder pour tout collectionneur automobile riche et fou !

    Un illustrateur designer a eu l'idée de se demander ce que pourrait être une Mangusta contemporaine. Le résultat est le concept Mangusta Legacy. Maxime de Keiser souhaitait conserver les traits majeurs de la Mangusta, tout en lui offrant « une impression de férocité ». Le résultat donne quelque chose que l'on aimerait vraiment voir lancé vers la production. On peut rêver, non ?

  8. ce regard au ras des pâquerettes comme la vraie, j'adore!!!
    sinon pour la petite histoire, De Tomaso a nommé cette voiture "magusta" qui veut dire mangouste, car cet animal, est le seul prédateur du... Cobra!!!
    cette voiture se devait donc d'être une mangeuse de Shelby!!

  9. Once upon a time there was a boy who "fell in love" with a car. That boy was me and the car was called Vector W8 (,, a marvel of engineering from Gerald Wiegert, inspired by Bertone's wedge Italian design. Fast forward, more than 30 years later, and you managed to capture this magical feeling of that era I'm still carrying within me, once again. This is priceless, you have no idea how excited I felt to coincidentally notice your artwork, it was love at first sight all over again. Giorgetto would indeed be proud. Perfetto! For the record, Stefan Shulze tried as well (, but the end result was only close. Kudos, to your talent and effort, Maxime de Keiser. I wish more people with your aesthetic contributed to our modern time. Anyway, you probably won't read my comment, and realistically speaking I will never afford to own a supercar, let alone the real life problems that I have to deal with, but nonetheless thank you so much for this priceless moment.