De Tomaso is a short name of De Tomaso Modena S. p. A., the sports car producer established by Alejandro de Tomaso and located in Modena, Italy.
In 1958, Alejandro de Tomaso presented his first racing car. In a year he decided to organize his own company specializing in manufacture of racing cars.
De Tomaso designed himself his own cars and engines for racings. Besides, his city neighbors were Maserati and Ferrari. His competitors also were Lotus, Lola and Cooper. But he managed to survive and even find his niche.
He established his own enterprise in 1959 and named it "De Tomaso Automobili". His first cars were Formula 2 and Formula Junior. In 1965, he released the first sports cars which were ready for mass production.
From 1965 to 1975 the company cooperated with Ford. Afterwards Maserati joined De Tomaso S.p.A. De Tomaso decided to make a car for Formula 2 racing and asked Gianpaolo Dallara to design its concept. As a result, Frank Williams Racing cars were based on his conceptual vehicle and took part in Formula 1 racing in 1970. Before joining Maserati, De Tomaso manufactured cars featuring the engines which were produced and supplied by Ford.
Once De Tomaso decided to surpass the Enzo Ferrari supercar by employing the former Ferrari workers. In 1968 Gianpaolo Dallara who worked for Lamborghini joined his team. At that period of time he purchased Ghia and hired its chief designer whose name was Tom Dzhaarda. He also got Nello Ugolini, one of the Pantera design developers. In the 1960ies he introduced the Mangusta model which became quite successful for that time. As a result, he manufactured more than 400 luxury class cars which were equipped with V8 engines. With their help he became one of the most famous car producers in Italy.
The prominent designer Giugiaro was responsible for the legendary DeTomaso Mangusta design. He managed to create a terrific car which design impressed all the customers from the first sight. Its approximate weight was 1409 kg. The car's panel body was steel. The DeTomaso Mangusta also featured dual headlights in front of the grille.
Together with Ford, De Tomaso Automobili managed to introduce DeTomaso Pantera in 1971. With purchasing of Ghia company, De Tomaso wanted to create two new cars: Longchamp, a coupe with two doors, and Deauville, a four-body sedan. Deauville was a 4-passenger luxury class car. It had much in common with Mangusta featuring a trapezoidal grille.
De Tomaso created one of the most recognized cars known as DeTomaso Pantera which is still manufactured by DeTomaso Automobili. With the production of this model, the company became one of the best GT car makers. In 1996, the last Pantera vehicle was modified and produced.
Later on the company released De Tomaso Mangusta sports coupe. Soon MG Rover company manufactured the sport coupe on its basis. In the nineties DeTomaso Automobili introduced the DeTomaso Guara and DeTomaso Bigua models.
Unfortunately, Alejandro couldn't continue developing new models due to his disease. So the company started cooperating with Ford and Bruce Kavala. The latter managed to return DeTomaso Automobili on the American market and make it even more popular on the racetrack.
Everything was great till 2000 when Kavalli disagreed with the new leadership of the company and lost the rights to a new De Tomaso plant and the Santiago car he was going to prepare.
List of All Models of De Tomaso (17)