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De Tomaso Longchamp - 1972-1988
A rich argentinian, alejandro de tomaso became an auto racer and builder in italy, producing his first road car in 1963. In 1976 he bought a controlling interest in maserati but continued to build small quantities of luxurious sports cars such as the longchamp under the de tomaso name.
Top speed of about 150 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8
displacement 351 cu. In. (5.75 l) power rating 300 hp
transmission 5-speed manual or 3- -speed automatic
chassis: Independent front and rear coil-spring and wishbone suspension; Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering; Disc brakes; About 3,750 lbs.
The ford connection
de tomasos first cars were the vallelunga and mangusta, but the pantera became better known in the United States because thousands of these wedge-shaped high-powered sports coupes were sold through lincoln-mercury dealers. The pantera continued in production after the ford connection ended in 1974, but de tomaso also introduced a four-door deauville sedan and two-door longchamp coupe.
luxury and power
the longchamp had the same mechanical components as the pantera, including fully independent suspension and a big ford cleveland 351-cu.-in. V8 engine. A monocoque, the longchamp was designed by ghia, the coachbuilder then controlled by de tomaso, and was built on a 102-in. Wheelbase. The interior
was particularly luxurious. In 1985 there were three versions of this automobile.
The de tomaso longchamp was a fast sports coupe combining italian refinement with american mechanics.
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