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De Tomaso P72 Coupe

De Tomaso is back, baby. The name behind some of the most iconic cars like the Pantera and Mangusta is stepping under the spotlight again. Perfect timing, too, because it’s celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Its comeback is marked by the gorgeous De Tomaso P72 coupe, a sterling, highly luxurious ride. The automaker has released the first set of images and preliminary details of the P72, which it says picks up where the P70 left off.

Unveiled at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the De Tomaso P72 boasts a retro aesthetic, and unlike its predecessor, it will actually go into production. The previous P70, though a beastly ride, ran into a handful of problems we don’t have time to get into now. But let’s just say the De Tomaso P72 arrives as a corrective of that somewhat failed project.

Technical specifications are thin at this point, but we’ll definitely know more over time. We do know that the car uses a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which De Tomaso sourced from the Apollo Intensa Emozione. The exterior design is one of the key highlights of this car. With sweeping lines that snake around the ride’s profile, it screams expensive.

The ride boasts a manual transmission. Says De Tomaso, the production model remains faithful to the images, which you can see below. More details will come over the next few months. But it goes without saying that the car will be an expensive buy. The company lists an estimated price of $850,000. If you’re interested, De Tomaso is already accepting deposits.


Photos courtesy of De Tomaso

De Tomaso P72 rebirth livens up the Goodwood Festival of Speed

A De Tomaso re-launch has two presumed starting points: Either a Pantera, the original automaker’s most popular model, or a crossover, because of the days we live in. When De Tomaso brand owners Consolidated Ideal TeamVentures (CIT) began promoting their effort earlier this year, they did so with what looked like a camouflaged Pantera. Yet execs said they spent years studying Alejandro de Tomaso’s history, vision, and products and spoke of making a much deeper impact than merely recycling a classic. They have proved their point at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with De Tomaso’s first new product, the P72. It’s the modern incarnation of a car CIT didn’t know existed before they bought the brand, the De Tomaso P70.

It’s likely hardly anyone beyond De Tomaso historians remembers the P70 (Car Design News has an excellent two-part story on it). In 1964, Carroll Shelby wanted to develop a race car to take on the big boys for the Can-Am series launching in 1966. Peter Brock had designed a car, Shelby had financing, the Texan only looking for a chassis and someone who could turn his Cobra’s 4.7-liter V8 into a lightweight, bored-and-stroked 7.0-liter. He called De Tomaso, who was working on his first road car and a 7.0-liter V8. The two men agreed to collaborate, but things didn’t go well. As the project fell behind and Shelby grew wary about De Tomaso’s interpretation of the design, and about timely delivery of the promised engine and five cars, he sent Brock to Italy to oversee the project. This offended De Tomaso, and the partnership dissolved soon after. Shelby’s withdrawal — he began working on the GT40 project — angered De Tomaso enough to finish the P70 with help from Ghia. The Argentine showed the car at the 1965 Turin Motor Show as the Ghia-De Tomaso Sport 5000, and reworked the chassis to serve his Mangusta road car.

Whereas the Apollo IE pays homages to the GT1 era from the mid-1990s, the “modern-day time machine” P72 celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of De Tomaso and the prototype racing era in the sixties. In the original vehicle, the P stood for Prototipi, the 70 stood for the expected 7.0-liter engine. The P represents the same today, but 72 stands for the number to be built. A small number, but multiples larger than the ten Apollo IEs headed for climate-controlled garages.

We mention Apollo because the same all-carbon chassis from the Apollo IE underpins the P72. Jowyn Wong, the man behind the Apollo’s design, penned the P72’s Le Man’s body and that captivating, wide open rear end. The interior looks like a moody dalliance between Spyker and Pagani, full of polished copper, diamond motifs on the stitched leather, on the shift knob above the exposed linkage, and the pedals, plus golden lighting. A row of analogue dials bespeaks the past and the future, the circular theme capped outside by the small round side mirrors.

The carmaker’s finalizing the specs, and hasn’t said what will power the final version. The Apollo IE uses a naturally-aspirated Ferrari-sourced V12, but based on De Tomaso’s history with V8s, don’t be surprised by a free-breathing and burly eight-cylinder. Pricing is expected to be around 750,000 euros ($842,000 U.S.). That’s a reasonable sum given the prices of low-volume custom vehicles today, exemplifying the last of De Tomaso’s six core tenets: Heritage, Passion, Racing, European Design, and World-Class Performance at Extreme Value. The company is taking deposits now, and with Miller Motorcars on board as a U.S. dealer, don’t be surprised to see the P72 here — at least, in photos — one day.

De Tomaso Will Come Back From the Dead

A New Logo and a New Car

The good Lord of cars saw fit to let one of the supercar icons return to this lovely earth. De Tomaso is coming back from the dead. Apollo Automobili is the company that revived the brand and will bring a new car and a new logo to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 4. 

Currently, the new De Tomaso car is code-named Project P. According to CarBuzz, the De Tomaso return has been several years in the making. The start of its rise from the ashes came in 2014 when Ideal Team Ventures, which owns Apollo Automobili, acquired the rights to De Tomaso. 

Over the next five years, Ideal Team Ventures had to get De Tomaso in order. Now Project P is close to being a reality. The details on Project P are still scarce at the moment. However, there are two images of the car floating around. We have included them in this post. 

The car looks like it could be a spiritual successor to the old Pantera from De Tomaso. That car came out in the 1970s. We’re all for that. This is a smart move by the company. The Pantera was the brand’s best-known model, and using the nostalgia people have for it could help the company get the buyers it’ll need to be a success. 

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De Tomaso Re-Born During 60th Anniversary Year – Debut at Goodwood!

Italian supercar manufacturer De Tomaso is set to make a return later this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019. The Italian brand went into administration in 2005. Several attempts have been made to re-launch the brand since, however, these have failed to materialise. The latest re-launch follows the purchase of the rights in the De Tomaso brand by Ideal Team Ventures.

Ideal Team Ventures are the company behind the re-birth of Apollo Automobil. They have some experience in re-launching defunct supercar brands! The company appears to be financed by Hong Kong businessman Sung Fung Choi and lawyer, Neil Baylis who was formally involved with the re-launch of the AC Cars brand.

De Tomaso has some serious history behind it. The company was founded in 1959 by the Argentine-born Alejandro de Tomaso. De Tomaso was a race car driver, competing for two years in Formula 1 with Scuderia Ferrari and OSCA. The company he founded would later go on to produce cars like the Mangusta and the iconic Pantera.

The company attempted to re-launch in 2009 when it was bought by Gian Mario Rossignolo. That venture ended in disaster after Rossignolo and his son were convicted in Italy of fraud and embezzlement having failed to produce a single customer car.

The company has been re-born during its 60th anniversary year with the latest model set to debut at the Goodwood Motor Show 2019. It is code-named Project P for the time being and the story will unfold over coming months using the hashtage #DTprojectP. We will bring you further information as and when we know more!

De Tomaso Pantera to be reborn? Prototype prowled the streets of Geneva

What a strange year. We’ve already witnessed the return of two Hispano-Suiza automobiles from two Hispano-Suiza companies when nobody would have expected even one of either. Now we get the news that the original De Tomaso Pantera could get two resurrections this year. Italian Coachbuilder Ares Design showed off its Panther, based on a Lamborghini Huracán, last week. During the Geneva Motor Show, the company that owns the De Tomaso brand loosed a camouflaged coupe around the Swiss city, the car’s windshield topped with a banner reading, “DTProjectP.”

That company is Hong Kong’s Consolidated Ideal TeamVenture (CIT), which bought the rights to De Tomaso in 2015 for $1.1 million. One year later, the same firm bought sports car maker Gumpert, quickly turning the Gumpert Apollo gullwing racer into the Apollo brand. At the moment the company seems most occupied with the Apollo Intensa Emotion, the gullwing racer powered by a 6.3-liter V12 good for 780 horsepower. The Pantera makes for a very interesting side gig, assuming anything comes of it.

The Apollo IE tracked Geneva in front of the supposed reborn Pantera, both cars wearing the same camouflage wrap. CIT filed trademark applications for model names Pantera and Mangusta, and a European patent search in 2018 turned up designs for a toothsome Pantera with pop-up headlights.

In Geneva, however, Apollo general manager and CMO Ryan Berry wouldn’t be drawn on what’s in store. Seems like there must be something, though — there’d be no reason to parade around Geneva with a prototype something without cause. And this year marks the 60th anniversary of the De Tomaso brand, as ideal a birthday as any for the return of the cat.

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