1972 De Tomaso LONGCHAMP

The De Tomaso Longchamp is a two-door version of the De Tomaso Deauville (see previous post), and that managed to stay in production for a total of 2 extra years, from 1972 to 1990. The Longchamp was designed by Deauville designer Tom Tjaarda, but was build on a shorter wheelbase and managed to minimize the obvious Jaguar XJ6 influences that marred the Deauville.

Overall, the car was a success, critically if not financially. It was also powered by the trusted, reliable and eminently powerful 5.8 liter Ford V8, which cranked out a massive 330 horsepower. This helped the Longchamp motor along to a top speed of 147 mph (235 km/h) and accelerate to 60 in 7.5 seconds. These numbers similar, if slightly better, to the four-door Deauville Sedan.

1972 De Tomaso LONGCHAMP
1972 De Tomaso LONGCHAMP

The Longchamp was a big, fast car and proved more agile and nimble than appearances would suggest, thanks to its excellent independent suspension, responsive ZF five-speed manual gearbox and all-around disc brakes. The car’s popularity with enthusiasts led to the design and production of a still sought-after convertible, as well as of a Maserati version of the car, badged Kyalami, that featured a powerful Maserati V8 instead of the more mundane Ford.

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