Qvale is a small Italian car maker that produced the Qvale Mangusta (the only car they ever made) from 1999-2002. This is your classic Italian American mashup, taking an Italian body and chassis and pairing it with an American motor. In this case the motor is a 4.6 liter Ford V8 paired with a BorgWarned T45 manual transmission (or a 4 speed auto). Marcello Gandini, the designer of the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, was asked to design the Mangusta. The chassis of the Mangusta was designed by Formula 1 designer Enrique Scalabroni, and the body was made of welded laser-cut steel sections. The “Mangusta chassis showed a torsional stiffness of 1,450 kg/m/deg which was more than four times the typical stiffness of an open car at the time.” Very impressive! Only 284 Qvale Mangusta’s were ever produced, and they had an MSRP of $78,900.

This particular Mangusta is not exactly how it came from the factory. A stock motor Mangusta made around 320 horsepower, but the owner claims this one makes 600! The 4.6 liter motor that came with the car has been stroked to 4.9 liters, and has been modified with an Eaton 2.3 Liter Supercharger. The transmission has been upgraded with a Tremec T56 manual box, and the car has Brembo brakes to help with stopping power. This is a quirky early 2000’s piece, and with 600 horsepower will keep up with almost anything on the road!

Check it out here on Craiglist in Phoenix: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/d/scottsdale-supercharged-2001-qvale/6943830429.html

 

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