exotic cars

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1969 DeTomaso Mangusta at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

This particular car is the European version that features a 306 horsepower (228 kW) Ford V8 engine.  Only about 150 of these versions were built out of a total of 401 Mangustas.  Of those 401, it’s believed that only about 250 still exist.

In case anyone was wondering, “Mangusta” means “mongoose” in Italian.

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1999-2005 Ferrari 360 Modena at Fuelfed Coffee and Classics in Winnetka, Illinois.

This may be my favorite modern Ferrari.  I’m not sure if it’s true but I remember reading that its lines were inspired by my overall favorite Ferrari, the 250LM from around 1964.  The Modena was 28% lighter than the F355 that it replaced and was powered by a 3.6 liter V8 that provided 400 horsepower (295 kW).  Oddly, there were some discrepancies in the performance of cars tested by publications when it was new.  That’s when it was discovered that Ferrari had been tuning some of their cars to be quicker than the cars that were actually sold to customers.  Either way, I’m sure this car is thoroughly entertaining.  It was available with a traditional manual transmission and