1967 De Tomaso Vallelunga (1967)

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4 cylinders, 1500cc, 105hp for 726Kg and a top speed of 215 km/hour.
The Vallelunga, the first production car of the young Alejandro De Tomaso, does not hide the ambitions and the sporting past of its designer since its presentation at the 1963 Turin Motor Show.
The young Argentinian began a short career of pilot mainly at the wheel of OSCA of which he was test driver but also of a Maserati 150S with which he finishes 4th of the 1000 km of Buenos Aires. Very quickly Alejandro De Tomaso starts designing his own race cars. From 1958 he produces Formula 2 and Formula Juniors with the dream of producing his own Formula 1. At the beginning of the 60’s, Alejandro was leading many projects: F2 engines, single-seaters destined for Indianapolis... Natural born entrepreneur, he decided to start producing a sports car for the general public.
Designed by the Carrozeria Fissore, it first appeared as an open barchetta, but the project finally turned into an elegant aluminum coupe in 1964, hiding a mid-engine in its entrails. The resolutely sporty design was built around a backbone chassis with all the advantages of a single-seater: lightness, rigidity, triangulated suspension, coil springs, central rear engine, offset gearbox...
It is the second production car with a mid engine, after the ATS. A design largely taken up by Colin Chapman for his Lotus Elan and by Jean Rédélé on the Alpine berlinette.
Three aluminum prototypes were built by Fissore, but quickly, Alejandro de Tomaso entrusts the mass production of the coupé to the Ghia bodywork which will use the less expensive fiberglass. The two-door coupe-style body was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro with some similarities to the Ferrari 250 LM or the Dino 206.
Under the hood of the Vallelunga, we discover a rather modest engine placed in longitudinal position, from the Ford Cortina. It is a 1500 cc lateral camshaft engine developing 104 hp, which can however be increased to 135 hp. The gearbox, originally from Volkswagen, is modified to receive up to five gears. The transformation is carried out at De Tomaso with Hewland gears - this transmission thus appears very close to the one used on the De Tomaso F2 and F3 single-seaters. The car is equipped with Campagnolo disc brakes all around.
Unfortunately the Vallelunga will not be a commercial success. Its exorbitant selling price of 3.5 million lire, more than half of a Ferrari Berlinetta, is a huge brake for a fledgling brand. While press articles are cautious when the prototype is released, tests of the production versions show very good road handling.
Only 53 Vallelunga will be produced between 1964 and 1967 and will be replaced by the Mangusta in 1967 which will make De Tomaso a car manufacturer in its own right.
The Vallelunga is thus the first real road-going De Tomaso, the first of a line that will last until the end of the Guara in 2004. Unknown, it is particularly atypical compared to its descendants equipped with powerful V8.
Barely more than 20 Vallelunga would exist to date. Our car is in an exceptional state of preservation, regularly maintained and cared for. It offers the incomparable charm of a car that has acquired a patina over the years without ever having been damaged, modified or altered. The previous owners have taken great care of the mechanical part of the car while keeping the original dress and all the period accessories.
Our Vallelunga confirms its sporting vocation. The gears are firm, the driving position ideal and the interior resounds with the bewitching sound of the Kent engine powered by large Weber carburetors. The lively and well-balanced road handling confirms the promise of sustained driving.
Our DE TOMASO was delivered new in Italy and has always remained in the Turin area!
Part of a selective collection of  Detomaso cars, this Vallelunga had been purchased nine years earlier by the previous owner and has been used sparingly ever since. Acquired a few years ago by a French collector, it is in perfect mechanical working order, it is believed that the car has never been restored and is presented in its original condition - even the paintwork is assumed to be original. Offered with a recent technical inspection and its original Italian booklet, this ultra-rare Vallelunga registered in France represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a limited edition Italian coupe eligible for entry to a wide variety of the most prestigious historic automobile events.

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  • Mileage: 52,000
  • Year: 1967
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Red

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