RE: De Tomaso Longchamp | Spotted

RE: De Tomaso Longchamp | Spotted

Wednesday 9th October 2019

De Tomaso Longchamp | Spotted

Everyone knows the Mangusta and Pantera; don't forget there was a front-engined De Tomaso, too...



Even a remarkably fresh-looking example of De Tomaso's famous Pantera was judged worthy of Brave Pill status earlier this year. Dependable Ford V8 or not, the presence of the words '1970s' and 'Italian' in any automotive discussion is generally enough to set alarm bells ringing. In the case of today's Spotted, though, could their chime be alerting you to an opportunity not to be missed?

Production of the Longchamp began in 1973, the model being a two-door variant of the Quattroporte-rivalling Deauville saloon. Much like the Pantera, it made use of a 5.8-litre Cleveland V8, putting out 330hp, resulting in a 0-62 time of around six seconds and a 150mph top speed. Multiple variants had been devised by the time the model was retired in 1989, but as an early example which was later uprated, our Spotted benefits from the best of both worlds.


The Longchamp's original styling was based on the Lancia Marica prototype, but where that car featured swooping lines and delicate details, the De Tomaso took on an altogether more aggressive physique, in no small part thanks to a little mid-life touch up. Having been bought by Le Mans racer Claude Dubois, it was returned to the De Tomaso factory in 1981 following the launch of the sportier GTS. There it was uprated to this standard, with the associated flared wheelarches, wider Campagnolo wheels wrapped in Pirelli P7 tyres and improved suspension setup all being added to the car. At the same time it retained features like its original Ford Granada headlights which, to these eyes at least, are preferable to the dual lamp items fitted to later cars.

Though the word manual - of which just 17 were built - appears at the top of the ad, the photos and text confirm that, unfortunately, the only manual interaction you'll have with the transmission will be to shift the three-speed auto 'box into 'D'. Nonetheless, do so and there's enough muscle under the bonnet to match the car's beefy exterior, meaning it's sure to offer plenty of the thrills - and hopefully fewer of the spills - associated with classic Italian exotics. As a well-sorted example that's well known to the dealer selling it, there's a good chance that this Longchamp won't be a longshot when it comes to reliable curio ownership.


See the original ad here

Search for a De Tomaso here





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Cotty

Original Poster:

35,064 posts

242 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Not a huge fan of this, although I do like the Mangusta, Pantera and this Vallelunga



Edited by Cotty on Wednesday 9th October 13:48

sparkyhx

3,481 posts

162 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Cotty said:
Not a huge fan of this, although I do like the Mangusta, Pantera and this Vallelunga



Edited by Cotty on Wednesday 9th October 13:48
Is that a fuel tank in the front? yikes

helix402

5,729 posts

140 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Ford Granada headlights by the look of it. I remember sitting in a Pantera with the same ignition barrel as my friends XR3i.

bobtail4x4

2,630 posts

67 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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the blue one looks a bit X/19 ish

mhurley

748 posts

91 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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This is the convertible , even rarer
Only 14 ever made

irocfan

24,386 posts

148 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Love this!

groomi

9,258 posts

201 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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sparkyhx said:
Is that a fuel tank in the front? yikes
Where do you think the tank is in a Porsche, Beetle and Imp etc?

BRR

1,669 posts

130 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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I really like that

siwhit

32 posts

139 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Looks like a MK1 Granada

Kawasicki

7,892 posts

193 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Love it, since I was a kid in the 80's!

EyeHeartSpellin

317 posts

41 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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As usual, see something I really like I didn't know about, think I will seriously go for that must be about 10k. See 60k. Be sad.

Turbobanana

2,550 posts

159 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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I think this has been for sale forever.

They are a real event to see in the flesh, looking far better than in any pictures. My ideal type of car design: lots of straight lines. I believe the basic architecture is the same as the Maserati Kyalami, but with a big solid boat anchor of Ford muscle rather than an Italian thoroughbred.

sinbaddio

1,659 posts

134 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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I need a car that has 'acqua' and 'benzina' on the gauges cool

Any suggestions for sub £5k?

dinkel

25,563 posts

216 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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My mate Phil had one:


And yes, first PH Sunday Service in Feb 2007 and after a cracking Dawn Raid / London Tunnel Run. Amazing day.

BVB

790 posts

111 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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Lovely looking car, but has someone stuck old Ford Granada headlights in this example?

BVB

790 posts

111 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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ah, it waqs the GTS that had nicer lights.

Frimley111R

10,895 posts

192 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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I only knew of this car thanks to Top trumps!

bangerhoarder

84 posts

26 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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BVB said:
Lovely looking car, but has someone stuck old Ford Granada headlights in this example?
article said:
At the same time it retained features like its original Ford Granada headlights which, to these eyes at least, are preferable to the dual lamp items fitted to later cars.

Europa1

10,923 posts

146 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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sinbaddio said:
I need a car that has 'acqua' and 'benzina' on the gauges cool

Any suggestions for sub £5k?
That dashboard is rather fabulous.

soxboy

3,800 posts

177 months

Wednesday 9th October 2019
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bangerhoarder said:
BVB said:
Lovely looking car, but has someone stuck old Ford Granada headlights in this example?
article said:
At the same time it retained features like its original Ford Granada headlights which, to these eyes at least, are preferable to the dual lamp items fitted to later cars.
The quad headlights are from early Audi Quattro/ coupe