For Sale: 1972 De Tomaso Pantera in Mesa, Arizona

Vehicle Description

This 1972 DeTomaso Pantera is a classic exotic machine that continues to be a strong-running sports car thanks to a recent investment in an engine rebuild. So this sleek Italian-American classic is right for someone who's not only a collector, but also those who love the drive.


The Pantera is the intertwining of a hot-looking Italian with a red-blooded American heart, so these always seem extra special when presented in red. The factory correct color was given a respray later in life, and that means a nice clearcoat luster to highlight the crisp lines of the body. And the whole design really is a feast for the eyes you want on a classic exotic. The sharply-pointed front end has a sleek style with the hood dipping lower than the fenders. The rear is a long and flat back that tapers outward like everything is being pushed out to those big quad exhaust tips. It's a well-presented classic, where only keen eyes will notice the subtle upgrade of the blacked-out bumpers that go nicely with the side air intakes. In fact, you really get to see the crisp lines of this coupe particularly well, because this was the final year before a federally mandated front bumper interfered with the purity of Tom Tjaarda's design. So it's great to have an example so complete, right down to the correct Campagnolo wheels with DeTomaso logo center caps.


Panteras are one of the best mid-engine exotics of their era because the interior is built for more space. Comfy bucket seats, a wide center console, and plenty of headroom are the hallmarks that help make this one feel much more like a grand touring machine. It really has a practical feel, right down to the good rear-view vision that would make a Lamborghini owner jealous. You even get nice features like power windows and power steering, as well as provisions for air conditioning and an upgraded stereo. But you want this for more than just a coddler. It's a true exotic with features that will remind you of a Ferrari, like the Veglia gauges and bright gated shifter.


A powerful motor is what a special sports car is all about, and the Pantara really knows how to put it on display. The engine bay is always awesome to show off as the smooth inner walls love to showcase the long transmission and the big V8 that's mounted in the center. And while you're looking in there, you also remember the secret that makes the Pantara so desirable. Because while the body is crafted by the coachbuilder Ghia, the motor is a stout and powerful Ford 351 cubic-inch Cleveland V8. It means you have a Ferrari-like look and feel, but the maintenance bills are closer to a Mustang. In fact, you really are ahead of the game with this example, because we have a $4,600 receipt documenting a late-2019 engine rebuild. It includes a bored .030 over kit, new pistons/rings, crankshaft bearings, connecting rods, valves, seals, valve seats, head gaskets, oil pump, and oil pan gasket. This is topped with a Holley double-pumper four-barrel carburetor w/electric choke and an Edelbrock intake. It makes for a powerful package that fires up eagerly and runs strong. Plus, the performance exhaust gives this a proper exotic car tune. The ZF five-speed manual means you are in full control over this power and soundtrack. A fully-independent suspension, four-wheel power disc brakes, and modern Hankook tires complete a great driving package.


There were only around 6,000 Panteras sold through Lincoln dealers during its official four-year run in the USA. There's even a Marti Report to document how special this one really is. So if you love a head-turning sports car that's built to be enjoyed to the fullest, call today!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1337348
  • Price:$79,995
  • Location:Mesa, Arizona
  • Year:1972
  • Make:De Tomaso
  • Model:Pantera
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:47963
  • Stock Number:1316-PHX
  • VIN:THPNMR02670

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