Other De Tomaso single-seaters included the Formula Junior Isis racer and a few Formula 2 cars. The carmaker then went on to own Maserati from 1975-93 and de Tomaso passed away in 2003.
Production rights changed hands and in 2011 De Tomaso showed off its luxury four-door Deauville before CEO Gian Mario Rossignolo was arrested in 2012 for misappropriation of finances.
The rights to De Tomaso have been purchased by Ideal Team Ventures (ITV), a Hong Kong-based investment company that paid around €1m for the company in 2015 at a bankruptcy auction. ITV also purchased German company Apollo – maker of the Gumpert supercar – in 2016.
“Alejandro’s journey was never properly told and we feel his name should be commonly recognised amongst greats such as Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini,” said De Tomaso head Ryan Berris.
“Since the acquisition of De Tomaso we have been secretively working behind the scenes on a world-class revival strategy with the intention to go public with our efforts for the 60th anniversary.
“When the new car [makes its debut] this summer, not only will another special vehicle be added to the brand’s heritage, but the story will ﬁnally be told.”