Up for a ride going back to the 1970s? Well, the car we have for this page is a rare find which belongs in the ’70s era.
This specific automobile went through upgrades in its suspension, engine, and brakes. That’s why it became way much better over the standard Pantera. It displayed a perfect balance of modern performance and classic looks at the same time. Its almost perfect paint, gorgeous interior, and spotless engine bay made this vehicle truly a rare and distinct Pantera which was ever held for sale.
Production years and distinctions among the models
Although this Pantera possess gorgeous looks and impressive performance, the manufacturing for this vehicle had been limited. For instance, there is just approximately 5,500 first-generation Panteras built during its 1970-1975 production in the United States. However, almost 2,000 units were only built in Europe in the succeeding years.
The 1973 DeTomaso Pantera just have 2,047 units available all throughout its production. This is what makes our featured Pantera today a most sought-after car.
Among the rarest Panteras were car models with the pre-L or ‘push-button’ distinctions. These distinctions bring out the essence of the luxury package and push-button door handles, consecutively. Among the ‘pre-L’ models, there were only 825 units manufactured. On the other hand, the production only came up with just 75 units for the 1971 ‘push-button’ models.
Influenced by touches of Italian styling and American engineering, the Pantera was also penned with European lines by Tom Tjaarda of Ghia design house. Mr. Tjaada is well-known for his design into the stunning Maserati Bora. The Pantera was first launched at the 1970 New York Auto Show.
Since the New York Auto Show, the 1971 Pantera started to be manufactured. It sported a 5.8-liter Ford Cleveland V-8 which generates a presumed 330 horsepower but was actually 400 horsepower. With its ZF transaxle sourced from Maserati Bora, the Pantera could reach 0-60 mph in just approximately 5.5 seconds. Thus, its top speed boasts a 160 mph and was an impressive figure back in that time.
Minor issues during production
While the bodies were built in Italy and the engines in Detroit, quality control became an issue for the early Panteras. There were also misfits in a number of body panels. Certain cars were also rusted after being exposed to water. There were also problems regarding its interiors. One is the poorly placed cigarette lighter found on the center console, not to mention that it is also not ergonomic.
The first Panteras brought in the US went through reliability issues during testing and in everyday driving. Even Elvis Presley shot his personal Pantera when it didn’t start. Later on, Ford resolved these issues by making use of a smaller-compression 5.8-liter V8, not to mention being carefully detailed when it comes to the build quality.
At the brighter side, these issues faced by the early Panteras made it intriguing among some car enthusiasts. The compromise one has to face in engaging to this collection made this whole thing, interesting among collectors.
Moving on with this customized Pantera
This specific Pantera boasts upgrades and features which were highly desired by collectors and enthusiasts. This automobile is recorded with only 57,000 miles on the odometer. Its service history had a span of at least 30 years. With all these considered, present and future owners of this Pantera will be assured that this car has had a modest, indulged life. To date, the present owner is only the second owner from the point of its sale.
Throughout the possession of this car, it has been customized to achieve practicality without altering its original classic Italian design. Currently equipped and added in the car were Allwood disc brakes, a higher compression crate engine, and revised front and rear suspension.
This 1973 De Tomaso Pantera was well-taken care of by its all previous owners. Thus, this upgraded car will surely demand some hard cash for its prospect buyers. However, no matter how much a muscle car could cost, nothing will hinder a particular enthusiast in acquiring this car, especially if he has a high appreciation for this carefully maintained DeTomaso Pantera. This is not just your ordinary Pantera but with added touch of foreign flair.
To date, the sale regarding this car is unknown. But whoever is in possession of this car, he sure has an eye for things like this.