RE: De Tomaso Pantera: Spotted

RE: De Tomaso Pantera: Spotted

Sunday 14th January

De Tomaso Pantera: Spotted

Why it's worth negotiating one of the ultimate examples of 70s supercar compromise



The chequered history of De Tomaso is littered with some gorgeous cars.

Though to drive and to own some of its products were as unstable as the firm's financial affairs, to look at they were nearly always a pleasure. Consider the Giugiario-designed Vallelunga and Mangusta - both stunning, by the standards of their times - and even the later Deauville and Longchamp were not without their charms.

Pretty and Italian on top...
Pretty and Italian on top...
Consider most of all, though, this Pantera - it's divine. Look at its little Campagnolo wheels and its bits of chrome glinting in the sun. Look at that rump, too - so pert. The overall look is dainty but aggressive, and how perfectly that suits what it is; a delicate Italian-made supercar with some butch bits of Ford muscle underneath.

It was designed by Tom Tjaarda, then at Ghia, and the body surmounted a Dallara-designed monocoque that featured double wishbones and all-independent suspension. There was a five-speed ZF transaxle in there, too, and, mid-mounted, a 330hp all-iron 5.8-litre Ford Cleveland pushrod V8, similar to what you might have found in a tarted-up Mustang or a Torino. Think 0 to 60mph in 5.5 seconds, and 170mph flat out.

This is a relatively early 1974 example from the US, where Panteras were sold through Ford's Lincoln Mercury dealers, the American giant at that time owning a considerable stake in De Tomaso. Refurbished and refreshed, with a full service and a health check, you might think it worth a punt.

... all-American underneath!
... all-American underneath!
What you'd probably get is a car as temperamental and as difficult to drive and own as any other 1970s supercar, with its heavy steering, awkward driving position and compromised visibility, not to mention its complete lack of ventilation.

All this might be worth it, though, when the sun is high and the blood is bubbling and you find the right road snaking ahead of you - those that have driven Panteras certainly seem to like them. Be warned, though - Elvis had one, and he was so frustrated with his he shot it.


SPECIFICATION - DE TOMASO PANTERA

Engine: 5,752cc, V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 330@N/A rpm
Torque (lb ft): 325@N/A rpm
MPG: Good one
CO2: Excessive
First registered: 1974
Mileage: 21,000
Price new: N/A
Price now: £109,900

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Mark Pearson

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Discussion

galaxie500

22 posts

92 months

Sunday 14th January
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A good friend of a good friend in the US Midwest has a similarly early Pantera bought in the late 70’s from the original owner and its tricky reputation is born out by a mere 60K miles from new. It is exercised from time to time and the beautiful body combined with the simple Ford motor makes for a compelling experience. I hope to drive it on my next visit if the owner lets me!



Puddenchucker

2,680 posts

147 months

Sunday 14th January
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I've always liked Panteras.
If nothing else, they look fantastic (IMHO) from the back:




BrettMRC

844 posts

89 months

Sunday 14th January
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I *need* one!


Love these so much biggrin

irocfan

15,950 posts

119 months

Sunday 14th January
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cloud9

samoht

718 posts

75 months

Sunday 14th January
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Thread seems to have become detached from its original article.

I enjoyed Jay's piece on the Pantera here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd2Unce43wI

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OddCat

1,110 posts

100 months

Sunday 14th January
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I love Panteras. For me they have a unique blend of exotic supercar and muscle car. Superb.

TR4man

2,699 posts

103 months

Sunday 14th January
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Puddenchucker said:
I've always liked Panteras.
If nothing else, they look fantastic (IMHO) from the back:

Those lopsided rear lights would annoy my OCD.

OddCat

1,110 posts

100 months

Sunday 14th January
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TR4man said:
Puddenchucker said:
I've always liked Panteras.
If nothing else, they look fantastic (IMHO) from the back:

Those lopsided rear lights would annoy my OCD.
Granted, the fog light looks a bit squiffy - but the rear lights look OK to me ?

Gameface

2,449 posts

6 months

Sunday 14th January
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It's the fog light that spoils that view.

bockaaarck

215 posts

97 months

Sunday 14th January
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Love the Pantera so much, it’s got such character and I know it’s flawed. But it has something about which, for me, ‘ticks the boxes’.

cossers

1,381 posts

69 months

Sunday 14th January
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Those tyres are mental! Love it

TR4man

2,699 posts

103 months

Sunday 14th January
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OddCat said:
TR4man said:
Puddenchucker said:
I've always liked Panteras.
If nothing else, they look fantastic (IMHO) from the back:

Those lopsided rear lights would annoy my OCD.
Granted, the fog light looks a bit squiffy - but the rear lights look OK to me ?
No, that's not what is making my teeth itch. The rear light binnacle on the right hand side are sloping downwards.

Hungrymc

3,282 posts

66 months

Sunday 14th January
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Spectacular looking car. Nothing about it is making my teeth itch

Off course there are some dodgy details - but it’s just spectacular and that out shines any of the minor details.

FN2TypeR

5,089 posts

22 months

Sunday 14th January
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Phwoar cloud9

powerstroke

6,837 posts

89 months

Sunday 14th January
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Yep nice and unlike some it has a proper engine not some tiny fragile overstressed thing with a million valves just waiting to explode driving

timmm

Original Poster:

1 posts

70 months

Sunday 14th January
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Nice to see an article on the Pantera here smile
However the crucial phrase in the article is 'What you'd probably get...' because clearly this gentleman has not driven the car, når does he know what he is talking about.

Puddenchucker

2,680 posts

147 months

Monday 15th January
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irocfan

15,950 posts

119 months

Monday 15th January
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yup - thread merge needed

Tim bo

1,200 posts

69 months

Monday 15th January
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Rear end looks like someone's given it a wedgie.

easytiger123

1,313 posts

138 months

Monday 15th January
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This was the car I always hankered after as a kid. Even more than the Countach. They did make a rather tasty looking final version including one with a removable roof panel

https://www.supercars.net/blog/1994-detomaso-pante...

Would love to hear from any owners about what any of the Panteras are like to own and drive.