1972 De Tomaso 100.000-150.000 EUR - Estimate
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Chassis No 03135
- Comprehensive factory history file
- Rare and authentic GTS version
- Full engine restoration in 2013 (2,000km since then)

Reference Number 629662

as of 10/15/2020

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Car 1972 De Tomaso
VIN 3135 
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Known History

Alessandro de Tomaso was born in 1928 in Argentina. He came to Italy, more precisely to Modena at the beginning of the 1950s in the wake of the great Fangio, Gonzales, Mieres and Mavimon. Like them, he wanted to become a great racing driver but as wise as he was, he quickly realized that he wasn't good enough. So, he switched his focus onto building racing cars. Modena was then considered the motorsport capital of the world with its aristocratic Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini trilogy, but also with a host of brilliant craftsmen and subcontractors.

De Tomaso produced the very rare and pretty Vallelunga, as well as the equally original Mangusta fitted with a Ford engine. He then took control of the famous Ghia body workshop and later on, the Vignale one, known as the creator of so many masterpieces.

At the end of the 1960s, Ford was looking to commercially leverage its excellent sporting image gained by the GT40 cars at Le Mans. During his time at Ghia, de Tomaso came across a project by the in-house stylist Tjaarda who had designed a mid-rear V8 engine coupe, which was immediately put forward by de Tomaso to Ford's management. The latter decided to get involved with this project and bought Ghia and Vignale from the Argentinian. He became the 4th lord of Modena. The Pantera's design was entrusted to the young and talented engineer Gianpaolo Dallara who came from Lamborghini, the manufacturer for whom he had produced the Miura. With such a creator at the top, the Pantera could only be a strong creation. It is a simple and compact car, with resounding acceleration and excellent road handling thanks to its modern design.

This specific De Tomaso Pantera GTS is exceptional in so many ways, with its comprehensive history file, a copy of the original invoice when it was purchased new by an Italian from Genoa, and not to mention all servicing invoices from the factory when it was in the hands of its second owner (also Italian). The driver's manual is also included in the file. The bodywork is in very good and fresh condition and its interior is proof of its mileage reading: 95,800 km. It benefited from a full engine restoration at Alfredo Sampa´o in Le Mans, enabling it to regain its full performance.

The block has been rectified and fitted with forged pistons; the clutch is new and the gears have been checked, all for an invoice amounting to Ç22,500. Following these important works, Hubert Andre has only done 2,000km with his Pantera GTS. This is one of the very few genuine GTS models, backed by a full factory file dated from its very first sale to its very first owner. All the restoration work will enable its future proprietor to own a reliable Pantera with impressive torque.