De Tomaso’s new P72 marks the 60th anniversary of the car manufacturer, and it proves that the company isn’t a one hit wonder. What is that supposed to mean? More than 50 years ago, De Tomaso produced the P70. The original plan was for 50 of the cars to be made, but only one ever saw the light of day. The challenge came by way of a disagreement between Carroll Shelby and Alejandro de Tomaso. De Tomaso was working on his first road car, the Vallelunga, with an exciting, new transaxle chassis and a planned-for 7-liter V8. De Tomaso was looking for funding when he heard that Shelby was needed a new prototype for Can-Am racing. The two got together, but when Shelby sent Peter Brock to Italy to ensure that the SCCA-approved design was fulfilled, de Tomaso was insulted and the original order for five cars went unfulfilled. Shelby backed out and focused on the GT40. De Tomaso, who had purchased Carrozzeria Ghia, displayed his only completed P70 as the Ghia De Tomaso Sport 5000 at the Turin Auto Show.
In 2014, Hong Kong-based Apollo Auotomobil, headed by Norman Choi, bought the De Tomaso brand. In lieu of creating a modern Pantera, Choi instead focused on the P70, creating the P72. The company is only making 72 of these spectacular cars, and it’s not hard to see why. Designed by Jowyn Wong, the same designer responsible for the Apollo IE, the P72 celebrates the details of the P70 without going overboard. “We intentionally incorporated a distinctive aerodynamically optimized body for performance and to modernize the aesthetics, while the classic wing mirrors and front emblem cap pays homage to the P70,” stated Wong.
Final specs and pricing for the P72 haven’t been released as of yet, but what has been revealed, as Choi explains, “will create a new benchmark of its own.” Starting with the bespoke, all carbon fiber chassis to the bronzed-out interior that take themes from the 60s and 70s with its circular analogue dials and custom switchgear, the P72 is unlike anything you’ve seen before, with the exception of the P70. If rumors hold true, then we may see a naturally aspirated, Ferrari-based V12 mated with a manual gearbox for this supercar. You may also see a price tag of around $850,000—a real bargain when compared to other halo cars like Paganis and Koenigseggs.