De Tomaso

De Tomaso

The De Tomaso Museum was opened in September 1999 to mark the 40th anniversary of the factory founded by Alejandro De Tomaso. It is located on the company's premises in Viale Virgilio 9 in west Modena.

A vast hall brings together all the most important cars in the history of this make - from the Vallelunga of 1963 to the Guarà. In the past, these rooms housed the head office of Moto Guzzi, part of the group between 1981 and 1995. It was also here that the first Guarà was designed and produced.

The exhibition begins with three cars produced with the same concept - a single backbone chassis. This was in fact the distinctive feature of the Vallelunga, presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. The Vallelunga was produced in 54 examples and is still today one of the most beautiful coupés ever produced.

On display alongside the Vallelunga is a Mangusta, an extreme car produced from 1967 to 1970 the first De Tomaso car mass-produced in a series of 402. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, at that time with the historic Ghia of Turin, also part of the group until 1972. Sold mainly in the United States, the Mangusta became a collector's piece.

The Museum also includes two Panthers. The first is a GTS from 1972, the other is a Panther 90. Between Deauville and Longchamp, numerous other relics are on display. A complete photographic gallery records some of the most beautiful moments, sporting and otherwise, in the history of De Tomaso. There are also a number of motorcycles made by Benelli, another member of the De Tomaso group.

Access: The Museum and De Tomaso factory can be visited upon arrangement.

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