1972 De Tomaso Pantera

Early model in concours condition.

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1972
  • Mileage 
    24 465 mi / 39 373 km
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Electric windows
    Yes
  • Reference number 
    ALBI335
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Blue
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Coming hard on the heels of the head-turning De Tomaso Mangusta, the De Tomaso Pantera was a successful combination of Italian aesthetics and breeding with a nice big and easy to maintain Ford V8 engine mated to a proven German ZF transaxle. The Pantera was designed by Tom Tjaarda (then working for Ghia), and became a design classic which still looks great today.

This early example is completely restored to concours standard, and is finished in the bold but stunning colour combination of red paint with a petrol blue hide interior. This is a real headturner, not only because of the colours : the Ford V8 engine produces an amazing sound - even at idle. A Pantera is quite an easy car to drive, and the driving position is surprisingly good for a seventies italian sportscar. The interior is beautiful with De Tomaso branded Veglia gauges, and the ZF 5-speed gearbox is a delight to use. In fact, it is amazing that the values of these Italian thoroughbreds are still quite behind compared with the Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini contemporaries. And probably is the De Tomaso the more reliable car as well...