Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1971 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 presentation. 2 owners in its history and a Cleveland V8 slightly modded for better performance, sleek Italian inspired interior design, and Pearl White looking as pure as the newly driven snow. Stop by and take a slice of this wedge very soon, because these tend to go out the door, fast!
Pearl white covers all the diamond cut panels on this low sports car. All panels are straight and thin chrome with grille insert bumper leads the way. Some sanding scratches can be noted when viewing the paint close up. Hidden headlights, sexy low profile panels with nicely shined window trimmings abound and show in a geometric configuration on either side. As we move rearward matte black mirrors hang from the doors and on the drivers side a gas filler cap is camouflaged into a ribbed panel in black. Badging is nice as well as a cloisonn Ghia badge to pay homage to the designer. On the rockers to leave no doubt as to what car you are in the P A N T E R A in white knockout letters within a black field. A sleek rear trunk lid actually opens up to a larger than you think 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. 17-Inch Billet Specialties wheels shined to the nines are wrapped by black wall sticky bands.
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 gated style shifter 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 correct professionally built 351ci Cleveland V8. The orientation is the engine in the center of this car with the transmission on back to drive the rear wheels. This setup accomplishes perfect center weight distribution and improves handling and drive-ability exponentially. Inside is now a Comp Cam (.566i, .566e Lift, 215i, 215e duration). On top is a 4-barrel carburetor, and a larger "straw" if you will with a Quickfuel 650CFM carburetor. Backing this up is a ZF 5-speed manual transmission, which has been totally rebuilt and drives 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!!
Plenty of rustproofing and invasive rust as noted on the front cross member and on drivers side and a repair on the passenger's side. The engine support gussets show some bondo repair, with more black paint to cover it. Overall heavy rustproofing on the frame. 4 wheel independent suspension with coil overs on all 4 corners, and power discs to match.
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 good American version of the Italian Sports car consignment. Wedge design, mid engine center weight balance, and low to the ground is an understatement. Some snappy improvements to the engine and a clean example. Arrivederci, and it will be all over but the cryin'.
H-Modena, Italy Assy Plant
01420-Sequential Unit Number
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