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Henry Dangel, was probably better known in France for his 4×4 vehicle conversions which he designed and used mainly on PSA vehicles..
Dangel’s originally trained as an electrical engineer, but his heart was in motorsport and innovative vehicle engineering. He was also an enthusiast to the core and remained to the end, a great guy to work with.
His first car, the Dangel Mangouste, emerged in 1967, with you guessed what car in its sites. This car was essentially a French equivalent of the Lotus 23, but was made usable for the road too. Later more focused models evolved from the Mangouste 812 that were essentially competition vehicles only.
Like so many low volume French sportscars of the era, it was powered by a sub 1300cc Renault Gordini engine. However, even dressed for the road, it weighed under 460kg, which resulted in a healthy performance envelope. Later cars used the R16TS motor and then later 2-litre ohc engines, but these turned into fully blown sport-racing cars.
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