That something is called Mangusta (that’s Italian for mongoose), of which 401 were ever built, and even fewer, only about 250, remain. Those numbers, of course, translate into rarity and value, and reason for us to jump every time one of them comes out into the open.
In March, Mangusta serial no. 8MA1118 is going under the Mecum hammer in Glendale, Arizona. It’s a red example with black leather inside, powered by a Ford 302ci (4.9-liter) engine working together with a 5-speed manual transmission – the original drivetrain, a U.S.-spec one capable of developing 230 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
This particular Mangusta rides on 15-inch wheels shod in BF Goodrich Comp T/A tires and is equipped with dual Anda exhaust with quad chrome tips, disc brakes on all four wheels, electric window lifts and air conditioning.
Mecum does not provide an estimate on how much the car is expected to fetch, but valuation company Hagerty says a Concours condition one is worth over $310,000.