Lot 288 - 1972 De Tomaso Pantera
|Odometer reading||37,800 km|
|Estimate||£56,000 - £62,000|
|Result||Sold - £54,880|
De Tomaso's replacement for their successful Mangusta in 1971 was the avantgarde and stylish Pantera. Maintaining the best of the ingredients from the Mangusta, including the mid-mounted 300 horsepower, Ford 351ci, V8 Cleveland engine, five-speed ZF transaxle and dramatic styling, the Pantera also added monocoque construction in to the mix, the first instance of De Tomaso using this construction technique. The Pantera was produced until 1991 with the last one being delivered to a customer in 1992. It was designed by American, Tom Tjaarda, making its public debut in Modena in March 1970 and was presented at the New York Motor Show a few weeks later. Power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering were all standard equipment on the Pantera which could accelerate from 0-60mph in an eye-watering 5.5 seconds. The cars sold well with various derivatives emerging from the factory although it is the early cars that have a certain purity ensuring they remain the most attractive and thus collectible.
This stunning Pantera was imported into the UK in 2009, the current vendor is a De Tomaso enthusiast who has owned a number of these striking cars and is a very knowledgeable collector. The yellow paintwork is in splendid order and the black interior trim unmarked. Mechanically, it is difficult to find fault with this car, the engine having benefitted from a recent rebuild burst into life immediately when requested. The clutch has also been replaced and a service carried out within the last few hundred miles, it is also supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate valid until February 2016 and a small number of invoices. Jackie Stewart and James Martin were featured driving this De Tomaso Pantera around The Alps on the BBC programme 'Racing Legends'. Jackie Stewart owned a Pantera for many years and speaks enthusiastically about the enjoyment of owning such a stylish and evocative sportscar.
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