Could an official announcement be imminent?
Last month we got wind that defunct Italian carmaker De Tomaso, builder of the iconic Mangusta and Pantera supercars, could be in the midst of making a comeback. Our clue then came from a report claiming its name had been registered at the UK Intellectual Property Office. The brand's logo was also slightly updated. And this registration wasn't for something like, say, apparel, but rather for six classes of items, including motor vehicles, leather and imitation leather, business management, and repair and maintenance of motor vehicles. Sure sounds like a car company in the making to us.
Today, AutoGuide has gathered some additional evidence that Alejandro de Tomaso's company will soon return.
The slogan "Modern Day Time Machine" is apparently in the process of being registered, according to the application in the EUIPO records AutoGuide discovered. This application, though still pending, specifically applies to the use of motor vehicles. So who is filing these trademark applications? More than likely it's the company formerly known as Ideal Team Ventures, which changed its name to De Tomaso Automobili Limited last August.
Ideal Team Ventures is the Chinese consortium that purchased what was left of De Tomaso following its bankruptcy for only €1,050,000. In 2016, the company also filed trademarks for the Pantera, Mangusta, and the De Tomaso name and logo itself. Add it all up and this couldn't be for anything other than a brand revival.
But there are still so many questions, among them will the reborn De Tomaso build its supercars from scratch or find a partner? Will it be from scratch platform(s)? Where will the engines come from? Ford, once again, just like with the original Pantera? Could production happen in Italy? China? Could De Tomaso challenge the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan? Hopefully more information will come to light in the coming months, but one thing definitely sounds certain: De Tomaso is coming back.