Wednesday, August 5, 2015

1974 De Tomaso Pantera

The term itself is just as menacing as the entire name of the car. Pantera, Italian for Panther. This was an Italian car designed from 1971 to 1991. It's mid-engine unique design was a fan favorite for its 20 year run, and only 7,000 of them ever produced. 

What I think is hard to believe is that the car itself was designed by an American Designer along with a Ford engine in its mid-engine compartment. Not just any Ford engine, but when it was first built, it came with a Ford 351 Cleveland, 351 cu in (5.8L) V8 engine that produced a severely underrated 330 hp

After 1975, Ford stopped importing the Italian beauty car with about 5,500 of them produced at that time. After 1974, Ford US discontinued the Cleveland 351 engine, but production continued in Australia until 1982.

The beautiful part about this car is that it has the Italian flavor, designed by an American Designer and built with an American engine inside. The technology within the car was ahead of its time.

Fortunately, I had the pleasure of meeting the only owner of a 1974. He bought it originally in Ohio in 1974 and has kept it pristine without modification or significant restoration to the car. This beauty was a head turner. Now it resides in the beautiful state of Colorado, Colorado Springs and belongs to a true American citizen at his finest. Take a look at some of these pictures, and I know your mouth will water at the want to get in and take this car for a ride down the road.