Lot 165 - 1972 De Tomaso Pantera (Group 4 specification)
|Estimate||£125,000 - £150,000|
De Tomaso's replacement for their successful Mangusta in 1971 was the avant-garde 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 award winning Pantera was the subject of a comprehensive nut and bolt restoration in 2000. The car was completely stripped and the 351 Cleveland engine, together with the gearbox, were both fully rebuilt and then highly detailed. All new wiring and electrics were fitted and the body changed to Group 4 specification with steel wheel arches being fabricated and fitted. The interior was completely re-trimmed, a quick release steering wheel fitted and the floor lowered slightly to accommodate the taller driver. The suspension is precision-pro-performance Billet alloy Group 4 offering superb road holding and she sits proudly on a set of factory magnesium Campagnolo wheels. Specification of the engine includes forged piston, balanced and lightened crankshaft, big valve four-ported and flowed cylinder heads; to be expected this engine runs perfectly. The original five-speed ZF gearbox and limited slip differential unit were rebuilt by RBT Transmissions in the U.S.
Upon completion, the car toured the U.S. winning a number of trophies along the way. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate and a history folder, together with all of the trophies, this lefthand drive Pantera is aesthetically stunning and is described as even better to drive. The highly knowledgeable vendor has been meticulous in how he has kept this De Tomaso Pantera, the condition of which can be summed up in one word: 'breathtaking'.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.