1967 De Tomaso Vallelunga by Ghia

Alejandro De Tomaso embarked on his racing journey in Argentina in 1951 before transitioning to Italy to drive for Maserati and OSCA, the latter founded by the Maserati brothers post-sale. Inspired by this rich racing experience, De Tomaso established De Tomaso Automobili in Modena, Italy, in 1959. Initially, the company focused on motorsport, crafting cars for Formula Junior, Formula 3, Formula 2, and Formula 1. However, it wasn’t until 1965 that De Tomaso unveiled his first road car, the Vallelunga.

The Vallelunga, a charming mid-engined coupé, featured a Chapman-esque backbone chassis, extensively re-engineered from its racing roots, and was powered by a 1.5-liter Ford Kent four-cylinder engine. Reflecting De Tomaso’s racing background, the Vallelunga boasted all-round independent suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and four-wheel disc brakes.

Originally designed by Carrozzeria Fissore, the Vallelunga prototypes emerged around 1963/64. Despite De Tomaso’s aspirations for a major manufacturer to adopt the project, he proceeded independently, entrusting production to Carrozzeria Ghia, later acquiring the company.

The production Vallelunga showcased striking glassfibre coupé bodywork, styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, with subtle nods to iconic Ferrari models. Around 53 Vallelungas were produced during the mid/late 1960s before De Tomaso transitioned to the Mangusta, marking another milestone in his automotive journey.

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