De Tomaso Pantera w doskonały sposób połączyło rasową sylwetkę, wyścigową charakterystykę prowadzenia i zapewniający solidną dawkę mocy amerykański silnik V8 Forda. Kosztowało zdecydowanie mniej od takich egzotyków jak Lamborghini czy Ferrari, oferując podobnej jakości wrażenia i doznania. Prezentowany egzemplarz jest jednym z zaledwie 743 egzemplarzy pierwszej serii, wyróżnia się pięknym kolorem „Lime green” (jako jedna z 87 sztuk) i posiada oryginalny przebieg zaledwie ok. 19 tys. km. Posiada kilka niefabrycznych dodatków w postaci kierownicy Momo, zapewniającego lepsze osiągi gaźnika Holley i felg z późniejszej Pantery GTS. Uzyskana cena ok. 436 tys. PLN wciąż wydaje się być atrakcyjna.
1971 DETOMASO PANTERA
DESIGN BY CARROZZERIA GHIA
US$ 110,000 – 130,000
PLN 430,000 – 510,000
Sold for US$ 112,200 (PLN 436,042) inc. premium
THE AMELIA ISLAND AUCTION
1971 DeTOMASO PANTERA
Design by Carrozzeria Ghia
Chassis no. THPNLS01992
Engine no. 87400928
351ci V8 Engine
Single 4-barrel Holley Carburetor
310bhp at 5,400rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4 Wheel Independent Suspension
4 Wheel Disc Brakes
* Fewer than 12,000 original miles
* Documented numbers matching example
* Rare and striking color
* Long term enthusiast ownership
* Desirable Pre-L model
THE DeTOMASO PANTERA
Having established himself as a serious automobile manufacturer with the Mangusta coupé, Alejandro De Tomaso commissioned Lamborghini designer Gianpaolo Dallara to produce the chassis for his new mid-engined supercar, the Pantera. Dallara opted for unitary construction for the steel chassis/body – abandoning the Mangusta’s backbone frame.
Ford Motor Company was De Tomaso’s partner at the time of the Pantera’s introduction in 1971 and thus the Pantera, like the Mangusta, relied on Ford V8 power. Mated to a ZF all-synchro five-speed transaxle, the 351ci (5.8-litre) Cleveland engine varied in output depending on the destination market, and in European trim came with 330bhp on tap, enabling the Pantera to complete the 0-60mph sprint in a little over 5 seconds and touch 160mph flat out. Styled by Tom Tjaarda at Carrozzeria Ghia, the stunning coupé body was in fact built by Vignale, both companies being part of De Tomaso’s empire in the early 1970s. De Tomaso’s longstanding relationship with the Ford Motor Company led to an arrangement whereby the Pantera was distributed through select Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in the USA, where a lower compression, 248bhp Cleveland motor (meeting stricter emissions regulations) was introduced for 1972. The 1974 energy crisis led to a parting of the ways between Ford and De Tomaso, who continued to sell the Pantera in Europe.
Exceptionally long-lived for a supercar, the Pantera was still around in the 1990s having undergone a series of upgrades. The first of these had appeared on the ‚L’ model of 1972, which featured ‚impact resistant’ bumpers and improved cooling and air conditioning systems. Flared wheel arches distinguished the GTS model of 1974, which in European trim came with a 350bhp engine, larger wheels/tires and other performance enhancements. Introduced at approximately the same time was the GT/4, a development of the Group 4 competition cars of 1972/73. The first major revision of the Pantera’s body style occurred in 1980 with the introduction of the GT5 which, with its deep front air dam and delta-wing rear spoiler, represented one of the earliest examples of these aerodynamic devices being applied to passenger car design. Introduced in 1985, the GTS5 incorporated further revisions to the bodywork while its interior was significantly upgraded. In 1990 the Pantera was completely redesigned by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini, stylist of Lamborghini’s Miura and Countach, emerging as virtually a completely new model. Production of the world longest-running supercar finally ceased in 1993.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This Pre-L model, Pantera #01992, was built in July 1971. #01992 was delivered new to its selling dealer, Lee Douglass Lincoln-Mercury in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. on April 5th, 1972. The Pantera was soon sold to its 1st owner, a Mr. Leonard L. Seruka of Emmaus, PA. on May 13th, 1972. Mr. Seruka would lovingly care for the car until eventually trading it in to Pfeiffer Lincoln-Mercury in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August, 7th, 1980, showing a mere 9,199 miles from new. A Texas collector obtained the car for a short time before selling it to the 3rd owner, Mr. Jim LaBar from Stuart, Florida. It would spend approximately 35 years in Mr. LaBar’s well-kept collection, and at some point during his stewardship, he would treat the car to a very high quality paint job.
This example is 1 of only 87 Panteras ever made in the ultra-rare color of „Lime Green” (paint code #6) and is 1 of only 743 Pre-L models ever produced in 1971. Now showing a total of what is believed to be only 11,600 original miles, this Pantera presents beautifully. The car’s paintwork has held up very nicely over the years, as has the largely original interior. The undercarriage is said to be rust free and still wearing the factory undercoating. The car’s matching numbers engine and transmission are said to function just as one would expect from a powerful 70s supercar.
#01992 still carries its original engine and transmission, which is documented by a Marti report. In fact, the car is mostly original with the exception of a few welcomed upgrades, including: a Momo steering wheel, Holley carburetor for better performance, and a set of very desirable 8″ & 10″ factory GTS wheels.
With their clean, sharp lines, and strong powertrains, the Pre-L Panteras are considered the most desirable of the series. If you are looking for an early, original, low mileage Pantera, you should give #01992 some serious consideration.