The Pantera was designed by the Italian design firm Ghia by
American-born designer Tom Tjaarda. The Pantera was a steel unibody
design, the first instance of De Tomaso using this construction
The Pantera logo included a version of Argentina's flag turned on
its side with a T-shaped symbol that was the brand used by De
Tomaso's Argentinian cattle ranching ancestors.
The car debuted in Modena in March 1970 and was presented at the
1970 New York Motor Show a few weeks later. Approximately a year
later the first production Panteras were sold, and production was
increased to three per day.
The first 1971 Panteras were powered by a Ford 351cuin (5.8L) V8
engine producing a 330HP. The high torque provided by the Ford
engine reduced the need for excessive gear changing at low speeds:
this made the car much less demanding to drive in urban conditions
than many of the locally built competitor products.
A ZF transaxle wasmated to the 351 and allows the Pantera to reach
60 MPH in just 5.5 Seconds. Power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes
and rack and pinion steering were all standard equipment as
This freshly restored 1971 Pantera includes its factory tool kit
and space saver spare tire. It also has factory headers and factory
The 351 Cleveland Engine and ZF Transaxle have been rebuilt and a
new Clutch has been installed. This car runs and drives very
The interior has been completely redone to original specification
with the Dash, Seats, Center Console, Door Panels and Steering
wheel being re-wrapped with new leather.
The A/C was charged, blows ice cold and is ready for summer.
Pantera values have been steadily rising and with less than 30,000
original miles, this superb example will not last long.
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