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1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby MKV Prototype

1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby MKV Prototype Is Going to Mecum

In an alternate universe, the mid-engine Ford powered De Tomaso Mangusta sports car wears a Shelby badge.

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The 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby MKV Prototype is a peek into an alternate universe. In the 1960s, Alejandro de Tomaso sent a Mangusta to Ford Motor Company to be evaluated as a potential addition to the FoMoCo lineup. The Mangusta was a hopeful candidate to be a successor to the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 MK IV and be distributed by Shelby America. As such, the car would be sold as a Mangusta Shelby MKV. Ford eventually backed out of the deal, but this car is a living prototype of what could have been – and will be auctioned by Mecum in January 2021.

This 1969 Mangusta Shelby MKV prototype sports a Shelby America red with signature white stripes, featuring side scoops and a unique rear spoiler. The engine compartment uses gullwing doors to display the Ford Boss 302 V8 engine built by Shelby America, producing 250 horsepower bolted to a five-speed transaxle. This prototype is capable of hitting a top speed of 165 mph. Aftermarket accessories fitted to the car include air conditioning and a stereo system. The Mangusta Shelby MKV will cross the Mecum auction block in Kissimmee, Florida, on January 16, 2021.

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1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby MKV Prototype

1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Shelby MKV Prototype

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  • Engine: 4.9-liter Boss 302 V8
  • Transmission: ZF Five-speed transaxle
  • Power: 250 HP
  • Top Speed: 165 mph