1976 De Tomaso Pantera GTSSOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: €45,000-55,000

Sold: €50,676

In many ways the De Tomaso Pantera can be likened to the roadgoing Ford GT40. Not only was it sanctioned by Ford, keen to have a machine to attract customers into its showrooms, but also it had similar mid-engine layout using a large capacity Ford V8 mated to the same five speed ZF transaxle. The Ford association was one that Alejandro de Tomaso was quick to capitalise on after producing his first car, the 1965 British Ford engined Vallelunga. That grew into the Mangusta of 1966 with the 4.7 litre V8 used in the AC Cobra but sales were poor, not helped by a backbone chassis that was too flexible and under-developed suspension.

Thus for the Pantera - meaning Panther- an all-new monocoque chassis was chosen, both for stiffness and to pass the all important US crash tests, together with wishbone / coil spring suspension front and rear designed by Giampaolo Dallara, fresh from his similar work on the Lamborghini Miura. Disc brakes and alloy wheels were fitted all round. This was clothed with a classic and stylish wedge shape, two seater steel coachwork designed by Ghia, while power came from Ford's 5.7 litre, iron block Cleveland V8 with single Autolite carburettor. With 310bhp and 380ib.ft of torque on tap, this made charismatic Italian supercar capable of over 150mph and 0-60mph acceleration in just 5.5 seconds. The weight of the V8 did not provide the most ideal weight distribution but the Pantera nonetheless possessed a very good chassis.

Since production began in 1971 - various model changes took place. In 1972, by when the model had been homologated for production racing, the L model was introduced with revised, better quality interior trim and new bumpers. The first mechanical changes appeared in the 160mph, 335bhp GTS of 1974 with Holley carburettor, ventilated disc brakes and wider wheels and tyres. Next came the GT4, based on the Group 4 racing models, with Weber carburettors and induction changes realising a claimed 500bhp and huge 10 inch wide front and 13 inch rear wheels. The GT5, with rear wing, came in 1982, suceeded by the GT5S in 1984 with detail body and mechanical improvement.

Finished in its original colour of "Santorini perlato métal" and with a magnolia Connoly leather upholstery, this fine example was the former property of Yolande GiGliotti, the famous Italian singer and actress otherwise known as "Dalida". She was the first female recording artist ever to receive a platinum record in 1964 for having sold over 10 million albums.

Described in absolutely excellent condition throughout this striking left hand drive Pantera is showing just 46,000 Kms believed genuine and is supplied with French and Belgian registration documents, and a history file containing handbooks and leaflets.

Reference Number 5525

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1976 De Tomaso Pantera GTS
VIN 874THPNPM07466