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Lot 017: De Tomaso Deauville

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (26 September 2012)

Alejandro De Tomaso began making racing cars in Modena, Italy, in 1959 and soon branched out into powerful V8-engined road machines, the most famous being the mighty Pantera that was launched in 1970. Like many wealthy Italians, he was a big fan of the new Jaguar XJ6 saloon and decided to launch his own rival at the 1970 Turin Motor Show. He employed American-born Tom Tjaarda of Carrozzeria Ghia to design the graceful four-door bodywork while the chassis was largely that of the contemporary Maserati Quattroporte with Jaguar-style independent rear suspension and disc brakes all round. However, under the bonnet lurked a massive Ford Cleveland 5.7-litre V8, as used in the Pantera, which gave the luxury saloon near supercar performance. Driving through a three-speed Ford automatic gearbox, it had 330bhp on tap and could sprint to 60mph in just over 7 seconds on its way to a top speed of almost 150mph. Although the car was widely admired and proved very reliable in service, it was far too expensive compared to a Jaguar and just 244 examples were sold before production came to an end in 1985  including two armoured versions, one for the Belgian Royal Family and one for the Italian government. One of only eight Deauvilles known to be in the UK, this rare right-hand drive car was first registered in February 1978 and has been in the Stondon Motor Museum since 2003. Presented in striking metallic Emerald Green with a sumptuous cream leather interior, it appears to be in very good condition throughout. Nine old MOTs going back to 1988 show that the car was in regular use from then until 2001, clocking up some 27,000 miles during that time. Although the car is still said to be in good running order it has been very little used for the last 10 years and will doubtless benefit from some precautionary recommissioning before being put back into use. It comes with a small amount of history, some original De Tomaso marketing brochures and a current V5C. Altogether a most glamorous and useable super-saloon that is sure to attract a huge amount of attention wherever it goes.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number017
Estimate£14000-£16000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1978
Condition rating
Registration number319 WYC
Mileage-
Chassis number892/THOVSK/01474
Engine number351/147
Engine capacity (cc)5763
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors