1973 DeTomaso Pantera
1973 DeTomaso Pantera
The DeTomaso Pantera is by any measure an exotic, a sleek wedge of pure sex that surely confused the hell out of customers who saw it alongside the Comets and Cougars and Continentals in Lincoln-Mercury showrooms. Yet it doesn't get nearly the same love as the Ferraris and Lamborghinis and other Italian supercars of the early 1970s. That's a shame, because the Pantera is far more affordable than anything else that rolled out of Maranello or Sant'Agata Bolognese.
For consignment, a piece of sex in wedge form in a respray of the original red, from its since 1976 California owner. A numbers matching car which has been worked with either new or rebuilt parts on nearly every corner, and a consigner stated 500 miles on the engine since the rebuild. Essentially a new car from 1973. And it drives and performs very much like it.
An original red respray shows nicely on the exterior of this low wedge shaped car. All panels are straight, and a black bumper leads the way. Hidden headlights, sexy low profile panels with nicely shined window trimmings abound. As we move rearward shiny chromed mirrors hang from the doors and on the driver's side a gas filler cap craftily hidden into a ribbed panel in black. Badging is nice as well as a cloisonné Ghia badge to pay homage to the designer. A sleek rear trunk lid actually opens up to a larger than you think trunk due to the mid engine setup. The trunk is perfect with a wool felt liner, and the engine slipped in between the trunk and buckets.
Sporty comfortable utilitarian with a hint of extra would best describe the all black interior. Dual black vinyl buckets flank a center console with a shifter in a chromed grid style bezel. As the center continues upward and at a rakish angle, a black textured leatherette covered panel houses various toggles and a cluster of 4 vertical oriented gauges all aimed toward the driver. A vertically mounted radio and temp and fan sliders above this are to the right of the toggles and gauges. A simple instrument cluster with a circular tachometer, and speedometer, mounted within square deep set molded dash bezels are fronted by the original steering wheel. Nice black clean carpet floods the floors and is covered by carpet floor mats. Talk about slipping into something sexy…
A numbers matching, professionally built 351ci Cleveland V8. The orientation is a midship engine with the transmission hanging on behind. This setup accomplishes perfect center weight distribution and improves handling and drive-ability exponentially. On top is a 4-barrel carburetor, some additional feeding upgraded from the original carb that came with the car, and still will, as it is in storage. Backing this up is a ZF 5-speed manual transmission, which has been totally rebuilt, and with rebuilt half shafts. All this sits within a freshly painted black gloss engine bay. Up front under the second storage area, complete with master cylinder and radiator and even some extra space for storage…Oh God! baby!!
The underneath is just beautiful with black frame and floor tubs. All suspension has been stripped and repainted with new bushings. Front coil springs and rear coil over shocks along with Power disc brakes on all 4 corners. A chambered exhaust picks up spent gasses from the headers attached to the V8, and dumps those out of the rear of the car.
Going down nearly to street level, a climb in and lit this candle and we're off in a flash. Rail like handling, and plenty of power we will never fully realize on our test area. It ran very smoothly and sounded like a champ. Interior has surprisingly lots of room, but then again it was an American car.
This is a fine consignment, and a fine example of the American Version of the Italian Version of a sports car. Let's just say the Americans did a fine job and so did the consigner with all the redux and careful attention to detail, even right down to the brass gears for the windows and headlights...now that's caring!
H-Modena, Italy Assy Plant
05198-Sequential Unit Number
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