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The De Tomaso Guarà
A Fusion of Italian Design and American Muscle
Modena, Italy. Nestled in the rolling hills, the small town of Modena has been the landscape of automotive legends. And the name, De Tomaso, may be the most intriguing of all.
Alejandro de Tomoso’s creations capture an allure that defies explanation.
None more so than than the Guarà. The car stands out from the crowd. The low-slung body crafted from aluminum and composite materials is a sensuous sculpture in motion.
Beneath an exterior formed by the hands of skilled artisans, lies a mid-mounted Ford V8 — a fusion of Italian design and American muscle. (early examples used a BMW V8)
The Guarà isn’t merely a feast for the eyes and ears. It is the promise of a unique and exhilarating driving experience for thought fortunate enough to own one.
And yet in spite of its allure, the Guarà’s production was limited. Whether by financial constraint, or by design for exclusivity, limited production numbers have only added to the mystique; elevating desirability to new heights.
Like the fleeting glimpse of a shooting star, the Guarà has left a brief, yet indelible mark in the history of the automobile.
Unveiled at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show, the Guarà was initially available in coupe form. A roadster and open-top barchetta became available later on. It’s believed 52 cars were built during a production run from 1994 to 2004.; ten open-top barchetta’s, four convertible roadsters, and 38 coupes.
CROSSING THE BLOCK
This stunning 1996 Guarà Barchetta was bid to $111,000 and then withdrawn from BaT due to a mechanical issue. Hopefully it will return soon.
However, this stunning 1995 example crossed the block on BaT in December of 2022 for $230,000.