By the late Sixties, Italian carmakers had established themselves as the go-to purveyors of the fast and exotic breed of machines – the supercars. After Lamborghini invented this class with the Miura, Ferrari soon followed with its Dino sub-brand. While these cars were focused towards the niche mass market, the De Tomaso Vallelunga Berlinetta seen here was a somewhat even more channelled-down take on the same idea.
Alejandro de Tomaso was an Argentinian race car driver who drove for Maserati and OSCA during the 1950s. This passion led him to form De Tomaso Automobili in Modena, Italy in 1959. The firm spent the early part of its existence building racecars for Formula Junior, Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1 teams. There were a few F1 appearances between ‘61 and ’63 but these outings were not very successful.