For sale is a 1971 DeTomaso Pantera Pushbutton. It is factory correct and in showroom condition. The first 75 cars that Ford imported from DeTomaso were the Pushbutton Panteras. They were built by hand at Vignale Coachwork in Turin, Italy. All subsequent Panteras were produced at DeTomaso’s new factory in Modena. The Pushbutton Panteras are readily distinguished by their door handle molded into the body’s sheet metal along with its push-button actuator. There are other differences including single slot Campagnolo wheels, brass window frames, clear glass, a unique transmission bell housing, an aluminum gas tank, and its distinctive sheetmetal configuration in the engine bay. This car is #1313 and is the 27th Pantera that Ford imported. It is in showroom condition and no expense was spared on its restoration. Every effort was made to preserve its factory correctness. There are less than 100 miles on its restoration. Its deluxe Marti report is included.
Documented Owner History:
There were two owners of this car when it operated. Jan Vander Baan bought the car new from Town Motors in Englewood NJ. He then sold it to Keith King of Virginia in 1973 for $7000 with 14,297 miles on it. In the 1980’s the car had 35,310 miles when Mr. King began a bare metal restoration on a rotisserie but did not complete the effort before he passed away. The completely disassembled project was purchased by accomplished race car driver “Liquid Lou” Cicconi in 2007 from the deceased’s estate. Lou had intended to bring the project to fruition but after languishing for 10 years he sold the project to me.
Engine and ZF Transaxle:
The Ford 351 Cleveland engine has been disassembled, inspected, and resealed but not rebuilt and has the original 4.000” cylinder bores. There is no lip at the top of the cylinder walls and this helps substantiate the odometer reading of 35,310 miles. It has the high compression, closed chamber cylinder heads stamped D0AE that were standard on the 1971 Panteras. The ZF transaxle with its unique Pushbutton bell housing is also unrestored and operates well.
Special thanks go to Panteras By Wilkinson for support throughout this restoration project. Steve Wilkinson’s knowledge and resources were instrumental in bringing this distinctive Pushbutton Pantera back to life.