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P72: a luxury car in honor of an Argentine

Meet the P72, the flagship car of the Argentine designer Alejandro de Tomaso, which are relaunching these days after 60 years of their first appearance.


There is an Argentine who besides being descended from a viceroy, racing driver, friend of Che, grandson of one of the founders of General Motors and owner of Maserati, he was a designer of a Formula One car. I mean Alejandro De Tomaso, founder of one of the most exclusive sports car brands in the world. The company celebrates 60 years and celebrates it in a big way: they re-launch the P72, a design from the 1960s, of which they will build only 72 units. The price of each one? A bargain: $800,000.

De Tomaso, born in 1928, never went unnoticed. His father was minister to the dictator Agustín P. Justo and his mother spent the money of his family, a direct descendant of the Viceroy Pedro De Ceballos. But at the age of 15, Alejandro got tired of the comfort of luxury and dropped out of school, leaving for St. Louis to work in his mother's fields. He returned to Buenos Aires and got into politics and journalism: he was one of Roberto Noble's companions in the founding of Clarín.

But his passion was cars. In 1953 he took part in several races with his Bugatti Type 35. In the 55 he won his class with a Maserati A6GCS. But some of his family's blood ran through his veins and participated in an attempted coup d'état against Perón. As they could not make it concrete, he went into exile in Uruguay, piloting himself the plane that carried him . The only luggage were two bags filled with silver he had collected for the sale of some properties of his first wife. He spent little time in Uruguay: he quickly went to Europe.

The P72 begins to be gestated

In Italy, Osca, Maserati's competition brand, hired him as a driver. In that context he met Elizabeth Haskell, the granddaughter of one of the founders of General Motors. They got married . The fortune of his new wife financed him his return to Buenos Aires in 1956, with Perón finally overthrown by the coup of 55. He ran again. He won his class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Again in Italy (in Modena, more precisely), opened De Tomaso Automobili, a race car factory. He built a Formula 2 called Isis, which nailed 240 km/h into a straight line and then was He broke up. He abandoned the race, but the speed achieved made many teams will summon you to design your engines. He tried to do a Formula 1 and not he could, he tried to compete in the Indianapolis 500 miles, and he also went wrong. He decided to devote himself to street cars.

These days, the relaunch of the mythical P72 (the company is now in hand of capital from Honk Kong) threatens to become LA news of the automotive world of the year. It will cost 800 thousand dollars and will have a 5-liter V8 engine with p

Publication Date: 03/12/2019

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