The Shelby Mangusta MK IV
© Johnny Capor, Dave Alzeyer, Wolfgang Kohrn, 2003, last update August 2011
(Note: Picture enlarged despite low resolution)
Picture G. Labe:
The "Shelby Mangusta" reappeared after its restoration at a car show in Leipzig/Germany. Same car? Most probably. The Shelby stickers are club stickers used after 1975.
This picture sourced from Dave Alzeyer through the De Tomaso registry shows the Shelby MKIV emblem in the front grille. It is known that Ford/Shelby were looking into a Cobra successor, yet Shelby pulled out, when he got the GT40 job.
De Tomaso renamed the car to Mangusta (Moongoose = Mangusta eat Cobras)
If this was the real design prototype, it is the only one with an emblem. The project was not followed up.
This Ford factory photo shows the same car without the emblem. We have to assume that the above picture was taken the same day with a Shelby emblem and one without. It is exactly the same camera position. What disturbs a bit is that there are no signboards as usual in Ford Design center pictures.
Back then in 2002 I stumbled over an ad in a german magazine for a Shelby Mangusta.
As is expected by us enthusiasts I contacted an SAAC registrar immediately back then.
"No way", he said, "there was no Shelby Mangusta, it is a common Shelby sticker used after 1975 only. Might be a Shelby owner, who put this sticker on his car. "
A swedish contact (Johnny Capor), who is/was into De Tomaso cars and is racing a Saleen SR7 since 2009, sent me a picture of the car in question back then.
I never lost interest in this one however and once and then I read a line about it, but no further news appeared over a long period. Heard the car was on sale for more than 3 years.
The car as of 2017 is located in Munich/Germany