1973 DeTomaso Pantera L = Rare Orange $25k spent $129. For Sale
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1973 DeTomaso Pantera L = US-specs...
- The Detomaso Pantera is one of the great legends of automotive design and packaging to come out of the 1970s. Starting in the 1960s designers and engineers had begun combining European styling with American V8s but until the Pantera nobody had done it successfully. The Pantera had an incredibly long production life, spanning from 1970 until 2000. Designed by Tom Tjaarda, then chief stylist at Ghia Carrozeria, and managed by Alejandro DeTomaso, the Pantera was a car like no other before it. The bodies were built by Vignale in a small industrial city of Grugliasco just outside Torino.
- The factory was the most modern in Italy at the time and though the cars were hand assembled, the factory blended efficient production techniques with Italian craftsmanship that raised the standard of quality control to new levels in comparison to other brands. Each Pantera was tested by factory driver Guerrino Bertocchi who had been a legend by personally sorting the Maserati 250F race car which was driven by Fangio and won the Targa Florio in 1926. Imagine being the ride along mechanic next to Fangio on that race! The Pantera also established itself as a successful racing car winning its class at 3 races in 1972 and was considered the car to beat in 1973 for the Gran Turismo title. The Pantera was also awarded the Car of the Year award by Road Test Magazine in 1973 which was a testament of its overall build quality and modern engineering.
The L model was new for 1973 which stood for "Luxury" with standard air conditioning, power windows, full instrumentation including a 200 MPH speedometer, and redesigned comfort seating. The engine, a 351ci Ford Cleveland V8 with 8.0:1 compression, was rated at 266 horsepower. The Panteras were 44 inches high, only 4 inches taller than Fords own GT40, making one of the slimmest race car like profiles on the road.
- The car on offer is a early 1973 L model produced in January and was given chassis number.
- A unique feature of an early L model is that they were still fitted with the hand stitched, upholstered dash as opposed to the plastic injection molded one of later cars.
- According to the Marty Report, this car was originally released to McCormick Lincoln-Mercury of Trenton NJ on July 23rd 1973, and was sold on November 11th of the same year.
- This Pantera is 1 of 203 models painted Orange of the 1258 cars built in that year.
- The car remains very original today having only covered a little under 19,000 miles from new. The bodywork and undercarriage are in great condition, the car wears the original Campagnolo magnesium wheels and correct Goodyear Ariva tires.
- The car was acquired by Gas Monkey Garage in 2016 and sold at Barrett Jackson Las Vegas to a collector in Vancouver BC.
- The car at the time had been stored for many years in Texas and needed quite a bit of deferred maintenance performed to get it road worthy.
- A Washington collector acquired the car in 2018 and it underwent quite extensive work between 2016-2019.
- Recent work to the car includes; a fuel system overhaul including new stainless fuel tank fitted, new lines, sending unit, and rubber neck. A new Holly 4 barrel carburetor and Edlebrock aluminum intake were fitted for better performance. The original Motorcraft carb and cast intake manifold are included. The electrical system was addressed with a new battery, rebuilt alternator, spark plugs, wires, and electronic ignition added.
- The brake master cylinder and booster were both replaced, all 4 calipers were rebuilt and new Porterfield pads and stainless brake lines fitted. The water pump was replaced, valves adjusted, valve covers resealed, manifold gaskets replaced, new V belts fitted, and the engine was given a fresh coat of correct Ford blue paint.
- The result is over $25,000 in mechanical work that was performed to get this Pantera streetable and ready for display at local shows and meets.
- All the lights, directional indicators, horn, wipers, fans, windows, gauges, and original Blaupunkt radio function correctly.
- The 5-speed ZF gearbox shifts without any present sychro wear or linkage issues and the clutch feels strong. The car has been given a fresh alignment and the brakes perform excellent with a reashuring solid feel.
- The engine starts easily, idles smoothly and pulls very well in all rev bands.
- The interior is in remarkably preserved original condition and truly emits the style and trends of the 1970s.
- The car also retains its original glass all the way around.
Included with the sale of this remarkable automobile are the following items; collapsible spare tire, Ford branded tire inflator can, original tool/jack bag, owner's manual, service manual, electrical manual, service bulletins, sales brochures, Marty report, original intake manifold, rebuilt Motorcraft carburetor, and two sets of keys.
Specs and history
The De Tomaso Pantera is a mid-engine sports car produced by Italian automobile manufacturer De Tomaso from 1971 to 1993. Italian for "Panther", the Pantera was the automaker's most popular model, with over 7,000 manufactured over its twenty-year production run.
1 History 1.1 In the United States
1.2 Disengagement of Ford
2 Pantera SI
5 External links
The Pantera was designed by the Italian design firm Ghia's American-born designer Tom Tjaarda and replaced the Mangusta. Unlike the Mangusta, which employed a steel backbone chassis, the Pantera's chassis was of a steel monocoque design, the first instance of De Tomaso using this construction technique. The Pantera logo included a version of Argentina's flag turned on its side with a T-shaped symbol that was the brand used by De Tomaso's Argentinian cattle ranching ancestors.
The logo has the colours of the Argentinean flag not because of De Tomaso's ancestors but because the company's founder, Alejandro De Tomaso, was born and raised in Argentina. He emigrated in his 20s to Italy in order to avoid political persecution from Juan Domingo Perón, president of Argentina at that time.
Interior (1972 model)
The car debuted in
De Tomaso Automobili
1971-1992 (7,260 produced)
Tom Tjaarda at Ghia
Marcello Gandini (Pantera SI)
Body and chassis
Sports car (S)
Rear mid-engine, rear-drive
5.8 L (351 cu in) Ford Cleveland V8
2,500 mm (98.4 in) 
4,013 mm (158 in) – 1971 spec 
4,270 mm (168 in) – later spec
1,702 mm (67 in) – 1971 spec 
1,811 mm (71.3 in) – later spec
1,100 mm (43 in)
De Tomaso Mangusta
De Tomaso Guarà
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