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319-366-7600 The Pantera was originally designed by the Italian
design firm Ghia by American-born designer Tom Tjaarda. The Pantera
is a steel unibody design, the first instance of De Tomaso using
this construction technique. An interesting point is 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.
This Pantera is powered by a rebuilt Ford 351 cu in (5.8 L) V8
engine producing a 330 HP. The high torque provided by the Ford
engine reduces the need for excessive gear changing at low speeds:
this makes this car much less demanding to drive in urban
conditions than many of the locally built competitors products. A
ZF transaxle is mated to the 351 and allows the Pantera to reach 60
MPH in just 5.5 Seconds. The recently serviced Power-assisted
four-wheel disc brakes and fresh rack and pinion steering were all
standard equipment as well. If you are looking for a true to
original car this one would work. It is low miles and is basically
an untouched original car. The hood has been painted but the rest
of the body has the patina you would expect of a 49 year old car.
The "soft" items such as tires, belts, hoses, some seals, along
with the steering rack have been replaced due to age. The 351
Cleveland Engine and ZF Transaxle have been rebuilt and a new
Clutch has been installed. It runs cool, too. This car simply runs
and drives very well. This example of a 1971 Pantera includes its
factory tool kit and space saver spare tire with cover. It also has
factory headers and an aftermarket radio is in the dash. The
interior is original and correct specifications with the Dash,
Seats, Center Console, Door Panels and Steering wheel done in
leather. This one also comes with lots and lots of receipts and
manuals, too. The A/C was charged, blows ice cold and is ready for
summer. Pantera values have been steadily rising and with 30,000
original miles, this superb example will not last long. Financing
also available on any of our inventory!
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