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The brilliancy of Italian coachwork is known and recognized the world over. Among the great Italian coachbuilders, Ghia Studios of Turin stands unsurpassed. In all its 50 years Ghia has never displayed more superb styling or meticulous detailing than in the de Tomaso Pantera. Here is feline grace captured in tautly smooth steel, an exciting marriage of form and function, with body and frame welded as a single structure to make this a singularly light yet most rigid car of high performance.

Pantera’s soundproofed and air-conditioned cockpit is elegantly appointed and richly designed. The emphasis is on luxurious comfort, an avoidance of the Spartan austerity usually associated with sports car interiors. Space-age technology' is reflected in the instilment layout and the central command console, angled to provide optimum visibility for the driver and easy access to the bank of rocker-type switches. The steering wheel and dash pad, of course, are handsomely padded. Uncompromising care is evident in every detail of the interior, from the body-contoured bucket seats to the curved glass of the side windows.

Pantera is Italian for panther. Under Pantera's sleek skin is a high-performance automobile as you might expect. The midship engine is placed to provide well-balanced weight distribution and excellent road-holding. The magnesium wheels were especially created for the Pantera. Each wheel is independently suspended and provided with its own power-assisted disc brake, internally vented for cooling, giving Pantera superb braking ability. The 351 CID 4V Ford V8 delivers its power to the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox, fully synchronized in all forward gears.

In Italy, people still build cars with passion. One of them is Alejandro de Tomaso. And this is his car Pantera. Conceived without compromise. A car so carefully built (it is virtually handmade) there will only be 2,500 made the first year. Mid-engined like a racing car. An ultra-high-performance sports coupe that stands a little higher than the average man's belt buckle, it scats two (and only two) and it’s priced in the neighbourhood of $10,000.

Obviously, Pantera is for the few who demand something extraordinary. The body is the inspired work of Ghia, the renowned coachbuilder. It is Italian craftsmanship at its finest. Monocoque construction fuses the steel skin and frame into an incredibly strong and rigid structure.

The engine is a 351 CID, 4-barrel V8 placed just ahead of the rear axle, which gives Pantera some huge advantages over conventional sports cars. Better vision forward. Less power-Ioss. Better weight distribution. And the tightest, most satisfying handling characteristics you’ve ever experienced.

With five forward speeds fully synchronized, independent suspension of all four wheels (die-cast magnesium wheels are optional), rack and pinion steering, power-boosted disc brakes-even an ingenious sys-tem to prevent you from inadvertently selecting the wrong gear while shifting, the de Tomaso Pantera has to be one of the most impressive vehicles ever offered here at any price.
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    Buying Guide De Tomaso Pantera
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    •   Sunday, 27 October 2019
    How to buy a wild De Tomaso Pantera – the sensible way. Have your cake and eat it – a genuine supercar with affordable running costs. Words Richard Dredge. Photography John Colley.
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  •   Roel Pollen reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    The #Alejandro-de-Tomaso / Classic Life VISIONARIES / #De-Tomaso / #De-Tomaso #De-Tomaso-Pantera

    He built racing cars, Ford-powered exotics, and helped save Maserati

    Pure entrepreneurism doesn’t always make itself evident all at once. Sometimes, a person’s got to get firmly into adulthood before he acquires the proper combination of ambition and nerve. Not this guy. Alejandro de Tomaso, who ran Maserati at the time our 1987 Biturbo feature car on page 28 of this issue was being designed and manufactured, was literally born into a family of great accomplishment. His father was Italian, but his mother was a native Argentinian, hailing from the country where he was born in 1928. His father was hugely famous in Argentina, rising to become the nation’s prime minister before he suddenly died of a heart attack.


    The family ran an extensive cattle operation on the Pampas, and following his father’s untimely death at age 38, Alejandro dropped out of school so he could learn to run it. Within five years, he was fully in charge of the numerous de Tomaso ranchos. He was also beginning to dabble in auto racing then, and became involved with a dissident newspaper that called for the overthrow of Argentina’s strongman, Juan Peron. That was a dangerous pastime under Peron’s dictatorship, and de Tomaso was eventually forced to flee to Italy. Undeterred, he became a Maserati mechanic in Modena.

    Maserati was aware of his racing experience in South America, and soon chose him as a factory driver. He racked up wins at an international meet in Buenos Aires, took a class victory at Sebring and managed to capture the Index of Performance at Le Mans. His wife and sometime co-driver had some wealthy American relatives. De Tomaso started his own business building lightweight formula cars, and others too numerous to mention. One of them was his first Formula 1 car. Success was moderate but de Tomaso, now calling himself Alessandro, was getting known in the business. In 1965, the Ford Motor Company, rudely rebuffed in its effort to buy Ferrari, came calling and proposed a partnership. Ford began supplying engines for installation in de Tomaso cars, starting with the sporting Vallelunga, the company’s first production car, which used Ford Cortina power.

    Meanwhile, de Tomaso used his in-laws’ resources to go on a buying binge, acquiring the custom coachbuilders Ghia and Vignale, along with Benelli and Moto Guzzi, the motorcycle manufacturers, and Innocenti. But his best-known products were the Italian-American hybrid exotics that he produced in partnership with Ford, climaxing with the mid-engine Pantera, of which several thousand were sold stateside through Lincoln- Mercury dealerships. But the deal didn’t work out, in part because of new federal safety and smog laws. By 1974, Ford and de Tomaso dissolved their relationship.


    It didn’t mean that de Tomaso was destitute. His car company endured to produce specialty offerings such as the Longchamp, the four-door Deauville luxury sedan and a two-door version of the Deauville. By this time, the Italian government had recruited de Tomaso to rescue Maserati from bankruptcy, and his strategy was to transition it from ultra-exotics to higher-volume cars. The two-door Deauville concept shortly became the basis for the new Maserati Kyalami, with four-cam V8 power and bodywork interpreted by Frua. Ford ultimately bought Ghia from de Tomaso to add an Italian flair to such cars as the Mustang II and Granada. Vignale and Maserati were ultimately sold to Fiat. De Tomaso suffered a stroke in 1993, but managed to contribute engineering upgrades to a performance version of the Daihatsu Charade. He died in 2003.
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  •   James Page reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    1972 #De-Tomaso-Pantera Paragon in white – Perfection Pantera

    The #1972 #De-Tomaso Pantera

    Some cars have just got “it”. As petrolheads we all know finding a car with that special X factor takes time and when you do come across one you need to grab it with both hands. The De Tomaso Pantera was and still is a car that possesses that unexplained element that makes it undeniably distinctive, and when Greg Parton found a one-owner 1972 model owned by a retired gentleman in Sandton, he knew that he had to have it for his collection. So what is it exactly that makes the Pantera so special? Could it be the fact that there are so few left in South Africa that you could probably count them on one hand? Or maybe it’s the fact that you get stunning Italian looks combined with raw American muscle under the bonnet? Maybe it’s because you could get it at a fraction of the price of a Lamborghini Countach or Ferrari 308? Whatever it is, the Pantera has “it” in spades.


    The other thing that you’ll find in a Pantera, besides that special X factor, is the many foibles that the car was plagued with from the factory. Build quality was considered extremely poor in the early models and the car was notorious for overheating. But one could argue that this is part of what gives the car its character and in a way this is what results in many love/hate relationships between owners and their Panteras. Elvis Presley famously shot at his Pantera when it would not start. But even though the car has its downfalls Greg refuses outright to modify it. He believes (like many other fanatical purists worldwide) that the Pantera needs to be preserved and that it would be sacrilege to lose the essence of what makes it so damn special. Many owners have been modifying their Panteras to make them more mechanically reliable and some even more modern looking. De Tomaso themselves also slapped on an aggressive front bumper, flared wheel arches and the wing from a Lamborghini Countach in the ‘80s when the design started looking a bit long in the tooth. But the original version like the one you see before you is still the one to have according to the connoisseurs.

    You might recall the jaw-dropping yellow Pantera we featured in our July issue that was built by Ringbrothers in the USA, which is a highly modified version. That #Pantera was special in its own way, but Greg’s personal preference is to keep his Pantera completely bone stock and original. Unbelievably, you can still get every single part for the Pantera from the States. The car was developed in 1971 with the backing of Ford, meaning that the car ended up with whatever engine the Mustang was equipped with in any given year, in this case a bulletproof cast iron #Ford-351-Cleveland . Besides being mid-engined like the Ford GT40, it also shares the same wheelbase and ZF transaxle that is still being produced today. In fact, the Pantera can be restored completely with every original nut and bolt from the factory, which is what Greg intends on doing. There are a few parts that are not original on his car and he intends changing that. He’s already ordered a few shipping containers worth of goodies for his Pantera that are making their way across the pond as you read this.

    But you’d be mistaken in thinking that this Pantera is a complete wreck; quite the opposite in fact. This car is so stunning that I could not believe my eyes when I saw it in the flesh. Sure, the interior may be outdated now but it is still a wonderful place to sit; a more than snug fit if you are taller than six feet (which Greg is). You sit a few inches off the ground with the vast 5.7L V8 grunting six inches from your ear, emitting a spine-tingling bark from the four provocatively raised exhaust pipes at the rear, which is my favourite styling bit of the car, along with the exposed chrome gear gate. The rest of the car simply cannot be faulted. I finally met one of my heroes, a car that I had as a bedroom pin-up poster as a child and I was not disappointed. This is truly Pantera perfection.

    OWNER: Greg Parton
    LOCATION: Durban
    MAKE: #Ford
    MODEL: 1972 De Tomaso Pantera
    ENGINE: Original Ford 5.7L 351 #Cleveland-V8
    TRANNY: Original #Ford-GT40 #ZF transaxle
    SUSPENSION: Original
    INTERIOR: Original
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    De Tomaso Pantera

    The brilliancy of Italian coachwork is known and recognized the world over. Among the great Italian coachbuilders, Ghia Studios of Turin stands unsurpassed. In all its 50 years Ghia has never displayed more superb styling or meticulous detailing than in the de Tomaso Pantera. Here is feline...
    The brilliancy of Italian coachwork is known and recognized the world over. Among the great Italian coachbuilders, Ghia Studios of Turin stands unsurpassed. In all its 50 years Ghia has never displayed more superb styling or meticulous detailing than in the de Tomaso Pantera. Here is feline grace captured in tautly smooth steel, an exciting marriage of form and function, with body and frame welded as a single structure to make this a singularly light yet most rigid car of high performance.

    Pantera’s soundproofed and air-conditioned cockpit is elegantly appointed and richly designed. The emphasis is on luxurious comfort, an avoidance of the Spartan austerity usually associated with sports car interiors. Space-age technology' is reflected in the instilment layout and the central command console, angled to provide optimum visibility for the driver and easy access to the bank of rocker-type switches. The steering wheel and dash pad, of course, are handsomely padded. Uncompromising care is evident in every detail of the interior, from the body-contoured bucket seats to the curved glass of the side windows.

    Pantera is Italian for panther. Under Pantera's sleek skin is a high-performance automobile as you might expect. The midship engine is placed to provide well-balanced weight distribution and excellent road-holding. The magnesium wheels were especially created for the Pantera. Each wheel is independently suspended and provided with its own power-assisted disc brake, internally vented for cooling, giving Pantera superb braking ability. The 351 CID 4V Ford V8 delivers its power to the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox, fully synchronized in all forward gears.

    In Italy, people still build cars with passion. One of them is Alejandro de Tomaso. And this is his car Pantera. Conceived without compromise. A car so carefully built (it is virtually handmade) there will only be 2,500 made the first year. Mid-engined like a racing car. An ultra-high-performance sports coupe that stands a little higher than the average man's belt buckle, it scats two (and only two) and it’s priced in the neighbourhood of $10,000.

    Obviously, Pantera is for the few who demand something extraordinary. The body is the inspired work of Ghia, the renowned coachbuilder. It is Italian craftsmanship at its finest. Monocoque construction fuses the steel skin and frame into an incredibly strong and rigid structure.

    The engine is a 351 CID, 4-barrel V8 placed just ahead of the rear axle, which gives Pantera some huge advantages over conventional sports cars. Better vision forward. Less power-Ioss. Better weight distribution. And the tightest, most satisfying handling characteristics you’ve ever experienced.

    With five forward speeds fully synchronized, independent suspension of all four wheels (die-cast magnesium wheels are optional), rack and pinion steering, power-boosted disc brakes-even an ingenious sys-tem to prevent you from inadvertently selecting the wrong gear while shifting, the de Tomaso Pantera has to be one of the most impressive vehicles ever offered here at any price.
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    De Tomaso Pantera

    The brilliancy of Italian coachwork is known and recognized the world over. Among the great Italian coachbuilders, Ghia Studios of Turin stands unsurpassed. In all its 50 years Ghia has never displayed more superb styling or meticulous detailing than in the de Tomaso Pantera. Here is feline...
    The brilliancy of Italian coachwork is known and recognized the world over. Among the great Italian coachbuilders, Ghia Studios of Turin stands unsurpassed. In all its 50 years Ghia has never displayed more superb styling or meticulous detailing than in the de Tomaso Pantera. Here is feline grace captured in tautly smooth steel, an exciting marriage of form and function, with body and frame welded as a single structure to make this a singularly light yet most rigid car of high performance.

    Pantera’s soundproofed and air-conditioned cockpit is elegantly appointed and richly designed. The emphasis is on luxurious comfort, an avoidance of the Spartan austerity usually associated with sports car interiors. Space-age technology' is reflected in the instilment layout and the central command console, angled to provide optimum visibility for the driver and easy access to the bank of rocker-type switches. The steering wheel and dash pad, of course, are handsomely padded. Uncompromising care is evident in every detail of the interior, from the body-contoured bucket seats to the curved glass of the side windows.

    Pantera is Italian for panther. Under Pantera's sleek skin is a high-performance automobile as you might expect. The midship engine is placed to provide well-balanced weight distribution and excellent road-holding. The magnesium wheels were especially created for the Pantera. Each wheel is independently suspended and provided with its own power-assisted disc brake, internally vented for cooling, giving Pantera superb braking ability. The 351 CID 4V Ford V8 delivers its power to the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox, fully synchronized in all forward gears.

    In Italy, people still build cars with passion. One of them is Alejandro de Tomaso. And this is his car Pantera. Conceived without compromise. A car so carefully built (it is virtually handmade) there will only be 2,500 made the first year. Mid-engined like a racing car. An ultra-high-performance sports coupe that stands a little higher than the average man's belt buckle, it scats two (and only two) and it’s priced in the neighbourhood of $10,000.

    Obviously, Pantera is for the few who demand something extraordinary. The body is the inspired work of Ghia, the renowned coachbuilder. It is Italian craftsmanship at its finest. Monocoque construction fuses the steel skin and frame into an incredibly strong and rigid structure.

    The engine is a 351 CID, 4-barrel V8 placed just ahead of the rear axle, which gives Pantera some huge advantages over conventional sports cars. Better vision forward. Less power-Ioss. Better weight distribution. And the tightest, most satisfying handling characteristics you’ve ever experienced.

    With five forward speeds fully synchronized, independent suspension of all four wheels (die-cast magnesium wheels are optional), rack and pinion steering, power-boosted disc brakes-even an ingenious sys-tem to prevent you from inadvertently selecting the wrong gear while shifting, the de Tomaso Pantera has to be one of the most impressive vehicles ever offered here at any price.
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