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De Tomaso Pantera | Reader's Car of the Week

Yes, it's a replica. But one built around a 6.0-litre V12. Swipe right...

By Sam Sheehan / Saturday, February 1, 2020

It was potentially a controversial decision for PHer Bodinecc to build a replica of the De Tomaso Pantera with a far from original specification. Who would dare go off piste and away from the ingredients of something so adored by enthusiasts? But while the OP’s car may look rather like the real thing, this project – which has just made its way onto PH – is actually far more extreme than the 1972 looker, thanks to its engine and (rather inevitably) the method of construction.

A Mercedes-Benz M120 V12, which you may remember formed the base for Merc’s legendary GT1 racer and the Pagani Zonda, is mid mounted and produces 400hp here. Making it all the more hero-worthy is the fitment of a six-speed manual, sourced from a Boxster S. Is there anything cooler than a V12 manual?

The car itself uses fibreglass body panels wrapped around a steel tube chassis, ensures that it weighs less than 1.4 tonnes - easily undercutting the original's kerbweight. Combine that with the Mercedes lump and, well, you've something that will quite likely have performance to surpass even a design as gorgeous as the Pantera's.

Suffice it to say, the original, V8 car’s 5.8 second 0-60mph time and 158mph top speed are probably well within reach of Bodinecc’s creation. And given the quality of the build, we suspect it’ll go around corners pretty well, too. That being said, while the car appears complete, the story is far from fully told on PH, so we implore you to get over to the thread and add your support for more posts. As far as driveway builds go, this has to be up there with one of the most exotic. Well done Bodinecc; we want more!

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