The De Tomaso Pantera was introduced in 1970 at the New York Show, it will be produced from 1971 to 1992.
The Pantera, which succeeds the Mangusta, was designed by Tom Tjaarda. Unlike the previous model, which was mounted on a steel frame-beam, the Pantera has for the first time in the history of De Tomaso, a monocoque chassis, also made of steel.
The first Pantera was equipped with a Ford Cleveland 5.8 liter V8 engine, a 330 hp , as well as a ZF transmission already used by the Mangusta, the Maserati Bora and the Ford GT40. It goes from 0 to 96 km/h in 5.5 seconds.
That same year Ford will import Pantera for the American market, through the Lincoln Mercury brand.
A total of 1,007 Pantera European models were shipped to the United States, but poor manufacturing and finishing quality was a problem during Ford testing.
At that time, the concepts of safety during crashes and rust protection were not or poorly known. Several modifications were made to the following models of the year 1972, the engine was also replaced.
The Pantera L (Lusso), better equipped, was marketed in 1972. It was equipped with a Cleveland Ford engine of 248 hp , and, for the American market, large black bumpers. Ford stopped importing the car to the United States in 1975, after having sold 5,500 copies. De Tomaso continued to build other models, improving performance and equipment. Some of these models were exported to the United States in the 1980s. A total of about 7,200 Pantera were built.
The Ad that attracted our attention is this De Tomaso Pantera L commissioned on April 1, 1972 in the United States, color night blue / black with a beige / black interior and showing 67 000 km.
The recent painting of the vehicle presents very well according to its seller, the body was laid to bare metal for the operation.
No evidence of corrosion on the chassis or the body. The doors are very good and after inspection, the car has no trace of repair and accident.
The rims, originally magnesium Campagnolo, have been repainted in anthracite gray.
The tires and brakes are in good condition as well and do not require any costs.
The original seats are in perfect condition (the seat has been redone) as are the carpets, door panels and the roof top.
The car has retained its lap belts (homologated until October 1972). The momo steering wheel is retractable, it was installed by the former owner so that it could get out of the vehicle more easily.
Note that two other seats are also available with the vehicle, beige, with a seat more comfortable and better lateral support.
The original air conditioning is functional like all the elements and instruments of the dashboard. Note that the fuse box of origin is sometimes a little capricious, badly recurring beautiful Italian of this time.
This Pantera has 3 anti-reconciliation bars arranged in a triangle in the front compartment of 30 mm and in trapezoid of the same size for the rear part.
The braking has been optimized with, in particular, raised discs mounted on 4-piston floating calipers with aviation hoses.
Koni adjustable dampers, slightly shorter springs associated with aluminum triangles at the front and anti-roll bars of 25mm diameter, everything is calibrated so that the vehicle is exploitable. The steering rack has also been redone.
The vehicle has a preparation made by its former owner in the United States who has restored the vehicle.
Water pump, belts, alternator, starter, universal joints, ZF 5-speed gearbox of original series in very good working condition.
High Performance Clutch.
High Performance aluminum pressurization and expansion vessels.
Ignition with additional module, coil and MSD distributor.
Air filter K and N.
Fuel filling cap with valve.
Holley fuel pump.
Holley Performance SR5533 carburettor, 4 bodies, aviation hose.
Edelbrock Performance intake pipe.
Premium oil pan Avialu Competition.
Performance engine support.
Gibson Group 4 exhaust that gives it a beautiful sound.
The 351 Cleveland 408 engine, or 6.7l, is an Edelbrock preparation with Ford Racing Solution aluminum cylinder head, pistons, valves, camshaft more pointed.
This allows it to develop 420 hp on the wheels (bench record available).
Front aluminum radiator associated with 2 fans, the water hoses are also in aluminum.
The vehicle is sold with a french “Carte grise de collection”.
Its price: € 80 000
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