Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
A beautiful Italian body and a big American V8 heart makes every DeTomaso Pantera special, but not all were created equal. This 1972 example hits the sweet spot of quality and features that have only become better over this exotic coupe's well cared for life.
It's great to have an Italian sports car finished in a deep and glossy red. The panels are in such excellent condition you can see the elegantly creased lines that give way to this exotic car's muscular features. It's the sign of careful ownership, and also 1972 was the first year production was handed over to Ghia, who provided superior body production. The brightwork is slight and deliberate, with the two-piece front and rear bumpers integrated elegantly into the design. In fact, it's here where you see what makes this Pantera so desirable to collectors. The front chrome was replaced later during the 1972 model year with a black bumper to comply with U.S. regulations. So this is the true "sweet spot" Pantera, with the best panels on the best design.
Because these were built with the American market squarely in mind, the Panteras are one of the best Italian exotics for comfort. And this one has a well preserved/restored presentation that really upholds this tradition nicely. That means bucket seats with plenty of space, taut door cards, power windows, and even provisions for air conditioning, all make this one feel like comfortable cruiser. The dash has a terrific vintage look, right down to vertical AM/FM radio on display. But your real driving tunes come from a cleanly installed AM/FM/CD stereo w/CD changer. Your left hand goes on the upgraded sports steering wheel, which looks perfect with the DeTomaso logo in the middle. Your right hand will love rowing through the gated shifter that's instantly reminiscent of a Ferrari.
The engine bay has a super-smooth show-ready look that instantly reminds you of the quality that has gone into this car. And while everything about this Pantera is exotic, the true appeal lies in a more familiar powerplant. The powerful Ford 351 cubic-inch Cleveland V8 means you can achieve supercar performance at domestic family car maintenance prices. This also opens up a wider world of performance components. We especially see that here where the motor was rebuilt with a .030 bore over kit, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Edelbrock 600 CFM four-barrel carburetor w/electric choke, aluminum intake, and long tube headers. It delivers smooth power and torque with a wailing V8 exhaust note that will give you chills. The ZF five-speed manual means you are in full control over this power and soundtrack. A reinforced fully-independent suspension, four-wheel power disc brakes, and bright Kinesis wheels with extra wide rear performance rubber are all part of a package that deliver the kind of true European driving experience you will love.
There were only around 6,000 Panteras sold through Lincoln dealers during its official four-year run in the USA. That means each one is special, but some are more desirable than others. This one has the look, the features, and the level of investment you demand from a classic exotic. Call today!!!
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