1972 DeTomaso Pantera

The Pantera was America's answer to mid-engine Italian exotics from the likes of Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. With an Italian body built by Ghia and a Ford Cleveland 351, the Pantera is an interesting mix of Italian flair with American muscle.

The Car Nut

This particular Pantera came out of a long term ownership from a local enthusiast that kept the car in very good condition. Sensible modifications were made to the cooling system, brakes and carburetor but otherwise the car remains stock. The AC had no worked in a long time so I replaced all the hose, condenser and fan and installed a rotary compressor. With black vinyl seats and a lot of greenhouse glass having a working AC was a requirement for me. I am pleasently surprised at how well the AC works. Engine is the original and numbers match the data plate.

The best way to describe a Pantera is as a big go-kart. You sit very low an look up at other cars. It is a blast to drive and gets stares due to its design.

This car only has 34K original miles. Also original is the interior. Car has never had rust or accident damage. I looked at many Panteras and this particular car really needs to be seen to appreciate the quality and originality; best of all it is reliable and very fast! You can sit in traffic with the AC on and not worry that it will overheat. Something I really like is that this is a Pre-L car with the small chrome bumpers. I think the car looks much better than the later ones with the ugly rubber bumper.

I hate to see it go but I recently purchased two cars and need to make room in the garage. Comes with manuals, receipts, and many parts including an extra set of original Campagnolo wheels. This is the type of car you can drive to a show and not be surprised that it wins an award.

Price: $119,000

Contact me at ivan@thecarnut.com if interested.

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