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Alejandro de Tomaso


Alejandro de Tomaso was a racing driver and industrialist from Argentina. His name is sometimes seen in an Italianised form as Alessandro de Tomaso. He participated in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on January 13, 1957. He scored no championship points.

Despite his Formula One career, de Tomaso was much more significant in the motoring world as a maker of cars. He founded the Italian sports car company De Tomaso Automobili in 1959, and later built up a substantial business empire.

In 1959 he founded the De Tomaso car company in Modena, originally to build prototypes and racing cars, which included a Formula One car for Frank Williams' team in 1970. De Tomaso then turned to high-performance sports cars, most of which used aluminium backbone chassis, which were to become the company's technical trademark. De Tomaso cars include the two-door, mid-engined Vallelunga, Mangusta and Pantera; the Deauville, a four-door saloon resembling the Jaguar XJ6; and the Longchamp, a two-door coupe version of the Deauville which later formed the basis of the Maserati Kyalami. De Tomaso's most recent product has been the Guara, a two-door sports car with a carbon fibre bodyshell.

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