De Tomaso Mangusta and Jaguar MkV – the cars that got away

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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JAG MK 5 DRHEAD MARCH 85 Jaguar MkV drophead JAG MK 5 DRHEAD MARCH 85
DE T MANGUSTA JAN 94 De Tomaso Mangusta DE T MANGUSTA JAN 94

Uncle Cliff takes on a mad tour of our old classifieds

De Tomaso Mangusta and Jaguar MkV – the cars that got away
De Tomaso Mangusta

De Tomaso Mangusta – advertised Jan 94

In Italian the name means ‘Mongoose’ but you would hardly expect this porky, mid-engined coupe to get within spitting distance of a Cobra.

Neither did Ford which shared in the joke and supplied engines for the 400 cars built from 1966-72.

The later Pantera did much better. In 1994, with car investors sculling hemlock or plummeting from tall buildings, not even a price-tag of $50,000 was going to generate much interest in a Mangusta and someone likely bought it for less.  

Times have changed though and they now do a lot better.

Then $49,950 Now$350-400,000

 

Jaguar Mark V Drophead – advertised March 85

Three years before values of classic vehicles began their 1988 escalation, this admittedly gorgeous Jaguar was being offered at quite extraordinary money.

A glance back at some overseas price guides from the mid-1980s showed cars of similar quality in Britain being offered via specialist dealers at 4500-6000 Pounds or around $16,000.

Only 395 Mark V Dropheads were made in RHD with the 3.5-litre engine and a lot of those came to Australia.

Several outstanding cars survive but be wary of ‘tributes’ as the difference in value between a sedan and Drophead is enormous.

Then $26,500 Now $120-145,000

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