DeTomaso Pantera - A supercar of its era? Photos.

DeTomaso Pantera - A supercar of its era? Photos.

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David_T

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18 posts

32 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I've uncovered the following whilst isolating. The photos are from a combined Lamborghini Owners Club and DeTomaso owners meeting at Castle Combe on 23/04/1988.

There seemed to be shared mutual respect between the brands, so I'm assuming that the Pantera was also a supercar of the era.

Sighting of a Pantera seems to be super rare, are any of the following still in existence?

Please add your own.





NIJ 5250:








E226 HPV:






VKR 15:






E931 GVV:






USX 895L:



DevonPaul

686 posts

89 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I bet most of those wouldn't pass the noise test at CC these days frown

Paul

Shnozz

21,197 posts

223 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I remember meeting a chap who had bought one of these. Must have been around 1997 or so when I met him and he ran a cattery in Botley, Hants. He was very into his cars and also had a GT40 in red (original) as well as a replica GT40 in brown. He disliked anything with an Italian engine as his view was that the running costs for cars that were rarely used would be too much, so he favoured the exotic looking cars with Ford engines.

His Pantera was red if I remember correctly and carried the number plate 500 FAB or FAB 500 - I can't remember which. I seem to recall he paid £20k for the car, including the plate, only a few years before that. Given I had stupidly paid about £19k for an MGF around the same time I recall thinking it was about the same price. Be interested if there are any photos of the car. Seem to recall his name was Gavin, a former police man from South Africa.

andy97

3,779 posts

174 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I reckon I was at that same day at CC.

456mgt

2,341 posts

218 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Very much a supercar of the era, and still so today in my opinion. I think they're absolutely stunning. The few I've seen out and about all seemed to have reliability issues and that put me off them, as did some of the build quality.

thebraketester

8,965 posts

90 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Someone posted a photo of theirs on here a while back. I have to say it’s probably one of the best looking classic cars I have ever seen. Hope they post it.

Pvapour

8,595 posts

205 months

Wednesday 25th March
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The only classic supercar i woukd buy, if values get hit in the current climes i shall be acquiring one, achingly hairy chest handsome smile similar to countach but better, useable ownership.

Pvapour

8,595 posts

205 months

vetrof

1,568 posts

125 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I think an early car and 100k in my pocket would do.

https://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id...


Pvapour

8,595 posts

205 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I dont like the looks as much but it is lhd which suits me better, its still nice but it has lost the aggressiveness given by the bulges and skirts (i’m cheap i know)

I think if the one i posted were to drop into the 120s i’d go for it tbh.

tberg

170 posts

13 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Here's my pre L 1972, fresh from a 4 year modification/restoration. 500+hp, C-4 Leather swathed interior, flush glass, FUEL INJECTION! (thank goodness), new respray, a missile powered go cart with ferocious sound 6" behind your head. I much prefer the early cars without the flared fenders or Countach wing of the later GT5 cars.

tberg

170 posts

13 months

Wednesday 25th March
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And the interior...

br d

7,435 posts

178 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Fabulous tberg! Wonderful thing.

tberg

170 posts

13 months

Wednesday 25th March
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br d,
Thank you. Find yourself in Los Angeles anytime and you're welcome to pick the old cat up and take her for a day. I've got plenty of ear plugs!

Craig

1,146 posts

236 months

Wednesday 25th March
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NIJ5250, later 500FAB and now AGT379W is a well known car in the owners club. Originally owned by Phil Stebbings who started the De Tomaso Drivers Club back in the 80s and drove the car extensively on circuit including Castle Combe. It had a race engine in his ownership but since converted back to a Windsor spec V8. I owned the car a couple of years back - photo as below

Shnozz

21,197 posts

223 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Craig said:
NIJ5250, later 500FAB and now AGT379W is a well known car in the owners club. Originally owned by Phil Stebbings who started the De Tomaso Drivers Club back in the 80s and drove the car extensively on circuit including Castle Combe. It had a race engine in his ownership but since converted back to a Windsor spec V8. I owned the car a couple of years back - photo as below
That’s the one! Small world. I remember first seeing it at a fairly nondescript bungalow with a large double garage out front and then a huge warehouse building out the back.

diablo_pete

3,593 posts

147 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Recent pics of some Panteras owned by my close mates Steve and Gavin






















br d

7,435 posts

178 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Lordy those things are lovely! Exclusive too.
Tberg, that's very tempting! I think if things were normal I'd be booking a flight now!

MDL111

4,248 posts

129 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Thank you for posting those pics - they look amazing
Definitely a supercar and one of the more attractive ones at that

andrew

8,937 posts

144 months

Wednesday 25th March
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diablo_pete said:
Recent pics of some Panteras owned by my close mates Steve and Gavin



















welcome back pete
it's been far too long
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