• Very low mileage, only 23,172 kms
  • Particularly desirable colour and condition
  • One of only 284 built
  • 4.6L V8 engine with 315hp and 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Design by Gandini and chassis by F1 designer Scalabroni
  • The last car developed with the contribution of Alessandro De Tomaso
  • A much-loved, hand-built Italian sports car

The Attractions

The Italian TVR was born under the best auspices. The result of a project approved by Alessandro De Tomaso, designed by Marcello Gandini, technologically developed by F1 designer Enrique Scalabroni and marketed by Kjell Qvale - the famous US importer of Maserati, De Tomaso and Jensen - the Mangusta had all the makings of a success.

The press was immediately enthusiastic. The first people who were lucky enough to try it appreciated its aesthetics, agility, performance and luxurious interior. The innovative folding roof also received much praise.

Yet only 284 were built. The difficult relationship between Qvale and De Tomaso and the obstacles often encountered in the production of small series sports cars led, after only four years, to the Mangusta project being handed over to British Rover, who would adopt it as the basis for the MG X Power sports car.

The small number of examples sold was a sad epilogue for Italian sports car enthusiasts of the time, but it is a strong point for modern collectors. If you can find an example in good condition - and this one is - you have the chance to discover a valuable secret of Italian motoring history. The Mangusta is fantastic, and this low-mileage, sparingly used and carefully maintained example proves it.

Presented in eye-catching black with a contrasting leather interior, it is hard to believe that this car is 21 years old. It has clearly been well maintained and everything works properly, including its original folding roof with Targa panels.

Equipped with ASI certification confirming its provenance, it also offers an MOT valid until October 2025. A fascinating opportunity for Italian supercar lovers and knowledgeable collectors alike.

History and Documents

  • 2003 car built towards the end of production
  • Car number 206 of the 284 built
  • ASI certificate dated 17 January 2023
  • A copy of the ASi certificate can be found in the photo gallery to confirm the provenance
  • This car is of first registration in Italy delivered by a dealer in Milan.
  • It has been kept by a single owner for 20 years who bought it new in 2003 
  • We are told the car has the original paint 
  • Italian registration papers
  • Overhaul valid until October 2025


  • Very good interior and exterior condition, reflecting the low mileage
  • Presented in a classic black colour with good paintwork showing no significant defects
  • The bodywork is equally well maintained with well aligned, tidy panels and no visible defects
  • Fitted with the correct original 5-spoke alloy wheels in good condition
  • Electrically folding rear roof and removable Targa-style panels, all in working order
  • Handmade leather-coloured leather interior and leather-covered dashboard in near-new condition
  • Only very slight signs of use can be seen on the interior, such as slight ripples at the base of the driver's seat
  • Features include aluminium-finished dashboard and Nakamichi stereo system
  • Controls present themselves well, with only some slight signs of wear and tear
  • Brown carpeting in good condition
  • Boot presents equally well, free of damage or stains
  • Original tool kit appears complete and little used


  • Ford-sourced 4,601cm³ V8 engine producing 315hp
  • 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Overhaul valid until October 2025
  • No mechanical or driving problems have been reported to us
  • Shows an extremely low mileage of only 23,000 kms

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2003
  • Make Qvale
  • Model Mangusta
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 23,172 Kilometres
  • Engine size 4601
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Province of Milan
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
16 bids
  • rb•••• €46,750 12/06/24
  • Kf•••• €46,500 12/06/24
  • rb•••• €46,000 12/06/24
  • Kf•••• €45,000 12/06/24
  • rb•••• €44,000 12/06/24
  • Kf•••• €43,500 12/06/24
  • rb•••• €43,000 12/06/24
  • Da•••• €42,000 11/06/24
  • ro•••• €41,600 10/06/24
  • Kf•••• €40,100 07/06/24
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