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An Italian auto manufacturer is De Tomaso Automobile ltd. Alejandro de Tomaso, an Argentinean, started it in Modena in 1959. It initially created a number of racing prototypes and vehicles, including a Formula One car in 1970 for Frank Williams' team.


Following this, the business created and produced both sports cars and luxury automobiles, most notably the Ford-powered Italian-bodied Mangusta and Pantera grand tourers. De Tomaso was the owner of Maserati, an Italian sports car manufacturer, from 1976 until 1993. Maserati produced the Biturbo, Kyalami, Quattroporte III, Karif, and Chrysler TC under his ownership. From 1973 until 1993, De Tomaso also owned the motorbike manufacturer Moto Guzzi.

De Tomaso entered insolvency in 2004, even though new vehicle manufacture continued after that. According to the court-appointed liquidators, a buyer was being sought for the De Tomaso plant and trademarks by 2008. Gian Mario Rossignolo established a new business called "De Tomaso Automobile SpA" in 2009 after purchasing the De Tomaso trademark. In order to fit bodywork, paint, and finish its vehicles, Rossignolo intended to use one of Delphi Automotive's former production facilities in Livorno for chassis and body assembly and the former Pininfarina plant in Grugliasco for paint and body fitting.

De Tomaso was again up for sale in May 2012 since their business strategy was unable to get enough funding. In September 2012, rumors started to circulate that BMW would be interested in using the brand facility to make new BMW models.

The original Modena workshop had been abandoned as of 2014.
An Italian bankruptcy court authorized the sale of the business to Consolidated Ideal Team Ventures of Hong Kong in April 2015 for €1,050,000. "A lawyer for the buyer said that Ideal Team Venture aims to construct automobiles in China with the De Tomaso name," according to the selling report.

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