For Sale: 1971 De Tomaso Pantera in Toronto, Ontario

$95,000 (OBO)  

Vehicle Description

1971 De Tomaso Pantera     US$95,000 Red, V8 351C, 37300 miles

Fully reconditioned mid engine sports car for sale in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Classic Car Overview

This exceptional 1971 DeTomaso Pantera, owned for 44 years, was acquired in Florida in January 1977. The car was licensed in Florida and then imported, safety certified and licensed in Toronto, Canada in August 1977. It was stored from 1985 until mid 2019 when it was reconditioned over a 6 month period for road use and low additional cost risk for a buyer. The car is finished in original red with black on the lower body panels and is as acquired in 1977, accident free and not body worked or repainted since acquisition. The original undercoating has not been touched since acquisition and is not cracked or peeling. The interior is as new. Power is provided by the original Ford 351ci 330 HP Cleveland V8 paired with a reconditioned ZF five-speed manual transaxle. Reconditioning in 2019 included removing, inspecting, cleaning, and resealing the engine, replacing parts such as the water and oil pumps, rebuilding the gearbox and carburetor, cleaning and sealing the fuel tank, overhauling the braking system, servicing the air-conditioning system, installing a PI Motorsports Fluidyne aluminum radiator / battery / tires, commissioning a safety inspection and certification, and more as detailed in the attached photos. Equipment includes a Hall Pantera big-bore exhaust system, a Panasonic AM/FM/cassette stereo, clutch and refinished original 15″ Campagnolo wheels. This Pantera is now offered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a Pantera Technical Information book, records since 1977, a flash drive of pre-during–post reconditioning photos, a 1977 bill of sale and 1977-2020 parts / service receipts, original removed parts (i.e. Goodyear Arriva tires, Becker Europa AM/FM stereo radio, radiator, York AC compressor), and transferable Ontario registration. The video shows start up of the car in the garage that it has been stored in, backing up, walk around and street driving.

  • Reconditioning work history using only original or OEM replacement parts :
    • Jan 1977 – Sept 1980

      March 1977, 24,600 miles: new clutch (pressure plate and disc), wiper motor installed by Ft Lauderdale Ford; new tires OEM C60 Arriva on front and super wide L60 on rear (period correct tires @ 50% wear will be included with car & verifies mileage)

      Aug 1977, 30000 miles: clutch slave cylinder replaced (new OEM clutch master cylinder included as spare part); new carpet was installed in the interior and the original Becker Europa stereo radio was replaced with Panasonic AM/FM cassette

      Sept 1980, 36000 miles: exhaust system was replaced with big bore header muffler package & new U Joints

    • June – Dec 2019, 37222 miles: the car was removed from storage and reconditioned by classic car mechanic to make it road worthy, meet all safety certification standards and be better than when purchased in 1977:Engine Bay (engine / transaxle / fuel tank were removed and reconditioned / rebuilt specifically:
      • Engine (teardown, inspect, repair & reseal):
        • Heads were checked for combustion consistency & cleaned ( valves / rockers / lifters / springs / rockers /cam lobes checked)
        • New timing chain + cam and crank sprocket gears installed
        • Short block checked: Oil pan removed and cleaned; crankshaft bearings checked for wear (4 bolt mains), oil pump replaced; cylinder wear & pistons (domed) checked, oil seals checked; new water pump and harmonic balancer installed; new timing chain  cover gasket installed; new thermostat
        • New head, oil pan, intake manifold and valve cover gaskets installed; new exhaust header gaskets were installed; new lower and upper rad hoses installed; engine painted OEM Ford blue;
      • Carburetor (rebuilt):
        • OEM carburetor (Motorcraft / Autolite 4300D) professionally cleaned and rebuilt
      • Transmission (professional teardown, inspect, rebuild, reseal):
        • ZF5DS-25-2 transaxle rebuilt : disassembled & new (RBT OEM Parts) cages / races / bearings/ seals / syncroring (2nd gear) / gaskets installed;  new gear oil installed
      • Fuel Tank (cleaned, epoxy coated):
        • OEM gas tank was acid cleaned inside and outside, epoxy coated inside and outside and pressure tested (guaranteed to be rust and leak free); fuel sending unit checked/ installed with new gasket
      Radiator (replaced):
      • Radiator replaced with a new aluminum radiator (Fluidyne)  plus hoses and thermo sensor; all cooling lines flushed and other components checked for condition and leaks; new antifreeze installed
      Brakes & suspension (master cylinder & flex lines replaced):
      • Brake master cylinder and flex brake lines  replaced;  calipers reconditioned; rotors sanded to remove surface rust; brakes lines flushed and checked for leaks; suspension system including bushings checked; rack and pinion steering gear checked/ greased/ new boot clamps installed and wheels aligned
      A/C (upgraded, pressure tested, charged, operating properly):
      • A/C system upgraded from R12 to R134a; OEM York compressor replaced with Sanden SD5H14 and  new dryer; recharge valve fitting installed on compressor suction;  A/C system flushed and  pressure tested for leaks with nitrogen and charged with R134a; new V belt installed;
      Power Windows (repaired):
      • Disassembled, new brass gears installed, lubricated & adjusted for smooth operation
      Interior (original OEM):
      • All electrical components (lights, motors, gauges, wiring, switches, relays, fuses etc)  checked by master classic car mechanic
      Front trunk:
      • New battery  installed
      Rear Trunk:
      • Trunk tray relined with new felt
      • Original OEM wheels sanded and painted OEM argent with clear coat protection
      • New BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires installed to meet Ontario Safety Certification requirements
      • Original rear bumpers were rechromed; new SS exhaust tips installed on big bore exhaust system;  all other chrome trim/ mirrors polished and are original (some pitting)
      • Original paint chips colour matched / touched up and sanded; entire paint surface buffed and polished
      • Rust free under/ inside body panels and surface except for minor rust on rocker panel bottom edges and one paint blister near bottom of driver’s side window weather strip
    • All documentation since acquisition in Jan 1977 will be provided:
      • Original bill of sale, parts / repair receipts etc)
      • Vehicle Condition Report which includes classic car mechanic contact information
      • Ontario Safety certification certificate
      • Photo library on a flash drive: pre – during – post reconditioning of the car
    • Original parts removed during the reconditioning process will be provided:
      • Becker Europa AM/FM stereo radio
      • Radiator
      • Goodyear Arriva tires (50% worn)
    • York R12 AC compressor
    • Very Good condition
      • Fully reconditioned, 37300 mile, original 1971 Pantera except for:
        • Front end styling enhancement done by the previous owner where the bumperettes with the integrated turn signals were removed and ’73-74 era turn signal housings and lenses were integrated into the front fascia
        • Parts replaced as described above in the “Reconditioning Work History” section
      • Original red colour, buffed and polished with black on rocker & lower body panels
      • Accident free & not body worked or painted since purchase in 1977 (stored in a dry, rodent and insect free garage for 36 years and reconditioned over a 6 month period in late 2019)
      • Excellent body and under structure condition with no cracks or peeling in original factory undercoating
      • Not a cosmetically perfect exterior with minor paint imperfections that are not noticeable without close inspection:
        • Small solid paint blister near windshield chrome trim drivers side and on trunk lid rear edge
        • Touched up paint chips on driver’s door,  rear quarter panel top edge

Vehicle Details

  • 1971 De Tomaso Pantera
  • Listing ID:CC-1450133
  • Price:$95,000 (OBO)
  • Location:Toronto, Ontario
  • Year:1971
  • Make:De Tomaso
  • Model:Pantera
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:37300
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Vinyl
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running

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