DETOMASO PANTERA, WARMED OVER 351 CLEVELAND V8, COOLING UPGRADES, VERY NICE!
No longer living in Ferrari's shadow, the DeTomaso Pantera has reached genuine celebrity status. Better yet, the Italian-American hybrid delivers neck-snapping performance thanks to good old Ford horsepower and a genuine exotic look that will make it a celebrity everywhere it goes. Extensively restored, this 1972 Pantera is quite likely the fastest car you'll ever own.
If you're driving an Italian exotic, you can't go wrong with bright red. It looks right on the swoopy shape and with the way these cars are gaining value almost by the day, there are plenty of worse choices. Anything with an Italian shape generates more attention than just about anything else on four wheels, and the Pantera is no exception, and the years have been kind to the 1970s design and it still looks quite contemporary. Repainted not too long ago, it shows just a few minor blemishes since it was finished, so it still attracts attention like a movie star everywhere you go. Unlike the later GTS, this one is simple and purposeful, not over-wrought with plastic add-ons, showcasing the clean design which was built in Italy by Ghia but interestingly enough, penned by American Tom Tjaarda. Fit and finish are quite good thanks to the ministrations of experts who had both more time and better materials than the original builders, and the result is a car that looks like a million bucks. If you can't get noticed in this car, you may as well stay home.
Unlike so many exotics, the Pantera offers plenty of space and luxury features that were still ineffective options on the other big name Italian marques. The tan leather upholstery is done the way only the Italians can manage, elegant, simple, and ever so aromatic and supple. The largely hand-made dash is angular, but clusters big, bold Veglia gauges front and center with auxiliary gauges on the center stack cleverly angled towards the driver. A/C was standard and has been recently and extensively upgraded so it's actually effective today, and the shifter for the 5-speed gearbox looks vaguely Ferrari-like with its polished gate. A newer AM/FM/CD stereo has also been fitted, making this the rare supercar that you can literally drive every day without issues. There's even plenty of room up front for a briefcase or a weekend's worth of luggage in the beautifully finished trunk.
And you can forget about $10,000 service bills, because the engine is a good old Ford 351 Cleveland V8. It was recently rebuilt and robust upgrades like aluminum heads, a big cam, and a 4-barrel carburetor that give it some serious horsepower, even today. With decades of performance parts to draw from, the Pantera's demons have been thoroughly exorcised, delivering smooth power and torque with a wailing V8 exhaust note that will give you chills. To help keep the hot small block cool, the cooling system has been heavily reworked with a high-volume water pump and a massive aluminum radiator with electric fans, and the electrical system is a no-worries affair thanks to new wiring and a big Optima battery to power it. The ZF 5-speed manual snicks through the gears with ease, yet loafs along on the highway, making this a most usable supercar that never seems to get cranky. Gorgeous 17-inch P.I. Motorsport alloy wheels look remarkably right on the 40-year-old shape and carry staggered 225/45/17 front and 335/35/17 rear Michelin radials.
Do your homework and you'll find prices on these are on the move, particularly for well-sorted cars with known histories. Invest now and reap the benefits later, but this is one heck of a ride. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM/FM Radio
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Leather Seats
- Power Brakes
- Power Windows
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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