1977 De Tomaso Deauville

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1977
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    892THDVSC01472
  • Engine number 
    351/144
  • Lot number 
    118
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of doors 
    4
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Launched at the 1970 Turin Motor Show, the Deauville was intended as a rival to the likes of Jaguar's XJ12 and Maserati's Quattroporte. The work of American-born stylist Tom Tjaarda whilst at Ghia, its handsome well-proportioned bodywork clothed all-round independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Powered by a 5763cc Cleveland V8 engine allied to C6 three-speed automatic transmission (both sourced from Ford), the newcomer was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds and nigh on 145mph. Evolving through two series over the course of a fifteen-year long production run, just 244 Deauvilles are thought to have been sold.

Decidedly scarce in right-hand drive, this example is finished in Rosso-Metallizo and trimmed using Beige leather with Chocolate velour inserts. Last taxed for UK road use some two decades ago, the De Tomaso remains on the DVLA database under the registration number 'RYW 507R'. Part of a Continental collection in recent years, the Deauville is described by the vendor as being in 'average overall' condition. Though, he rates the paintwork as 'good' and tells us that the luxury saloon is 'smooth and powerful to drive'. A rare and attractive motorcar that surely deserves to be returned to its former glory?