Evaluation: Located in Pennsylvania. Showing 13,925 believable miles. Minor chips and scratches on the nose. Light haze on the headlight covers. Minor scrapes on the wheels. A lightly used modern Italo-American hybrid.
Bottom Line: For a car that was only built for two years the Mangusta has a convoluted history, but some big names were involved in the project. Alejandro de Tomaso, Kjell Qvale, Marcello Gandini, Maserati technical director Giordano Casarini, and ex-F1 designer Enrique Scalabroni all had a hand in the project. It wouldn’t win any beauty contests and the interior will make you feel like you’re in a fourth gen Mustang, but the Qvale Mangusta offers fairly exotic looks, decent performance, and serious rarity (fewer than 300 built) for not a lot of money. On introduction it carried a base price of nearly 80 grand. Today, on the rare occasion that one does pop up, somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 grand is the norm.