1974 De Tomaso PanteraSOLD

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Alejandro de Tomaso was a fortunate man. Born heir to a wealthy Argentinean family, he married well and succeeded in becoming the poster boy for the racer's maxim, "To make a small fortune racing, start with a large fortune." de Tomaso had talent behind the steering wheel, successfully racing OSCAs, then building his own Grand Prix cars. The supercar craze of the Sixties next consumed him, first with the mid-mounted Ford Cortina-engined Vallelunga and then with the Mangusta with a Ford V-8 behind the driver. Its Giorgio Giugiaro body was blessed, but its chassis wasn't up to the power and mass of the Ford, so de Tomaso tossed it aside, designing the Pantera with Tom Tjaarda. A low, dramatically-shaped coupe that recalled Ford's GT40s, power came from a 351 cubic inch Ford Cleveland V-8 with a 5-speed ZF transaxle and fully independent suspension. Lincoln-Mercury picked up the Pantera for U.S. sales. Its appeal was such that it survived the distribution agreement with Ford, continuing well into the 1980's with independent distributors. Its Ford V-8 also appealed to American enthusiast who regularly update Panteras with Weber induction, hot cams and an assortment of later flares and spoilers. This 1974 Pantera, has endured no such indignities and is presented in crisp, sharp, accurate and highly detailed condition with its original Campagnolo alloy wheels, inflatable spare tire in the front luggage compartment, removable rear luggage tray and the correct de Tomaso valve covers flanking its four-barrel carburetor as originally supplied. The paint is new, fresh and sharp. The interior has the Pantera's standard air conditioning, a Panasonic AM/FM-cassette stereo, a set of Recaro seats and new carpets. The engine is detailed and accurately presented. Finished in red with black leather upholstery, it is a Pantera purist's dream, ludicrously fast, exceptionally beautiful and fastidiously presented.

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as of 7/14/2011

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