You will only hear about the name 'DeTomaso' if you have some semblance of interest with classic vehicles. For what it’s worth, the name is only truly associated with two of their best-selling cars in the 1970’s – the Pantera and the Mangusta. These days DeTomaso doesn’t really ring any bells to the newer breed of car enthusiasts, but it appears that is about to change. Coinciding with the brand’s 60th year anniversary, DeTomaso has been brought back to life with a properly stunning car: The P72.
Pegged as the ‘continuation’ of what company founder Alejandro de Tomaso, Caroll Shelby, and Peter Brock originally started, the P72 is the spiritual successor of what could have been the DeTomaso P70. The P70 was supposedly meant to be a model with a modified 4.7L Ford V8 powerplant, with Shelby fielding the budget and Peter Brock handling the design. Unfortunately with DeTomaso and Shelby having disagreements along the way, the project itself was scrapped and subsequently continued by design studio Ghia as the Ghia-DeTomaso Sport 5000 which debuted at the Turin Motor Show in 1965.
The P72 itself however comes from a completely different background. Getting help from the folks that made the Apollo Intensa Emozione, the P72 shares the same chassis as that over-the-top supercar from Apollo. Technical specifications are unknown at this point, however we do know that the P72 harks back to the old days with a six-speed manual transmission and that it will be built in very limited numbers: 72 units to be exact.
The resurrected DeTomaso company is asking roughly about $850,000 for one of their brand new P72s. We’d reckon that’s a bargain for the beautiful body they’ve made for this car.