This black De Tomaso Pantera come from just the fourth year of production of the model named for a 'panther'. By far the most popular model for the carmaker, this car is one of 7260 produced through 1971-1993. Still a very rare car even with the models popularity. The uniqueness of the example adds some flair, considering the manufactuer has been gone for many years and the numbers will only dwindle. The owner notes that this vehicles has four new michelin pilot sport tires and a recently new paint job, along with other internal improvements.
While certainly not a daily driver, this vehicle is a great option to add a small piece of automotive history into your garage collection. We came across another 1974 White Pantera at an event in Houston that had been beautfully restored. Certainly not a model you come across everyday.
The car was actually designed by the design firm Ghia, which also produced some of their own vehicles like the Karmann and the 230 S. The steel chassis was the first implementation of the steel monocoque - french for single hull - design which allows the structure of the vehicle to be supported by the external body vs. the traditional internal frame of most cars.
The market forces of the time were such that luxuries of the day were in high demand and the Panterra featured many new niceties. It came standard with electric windows, air conditions and a buzzing mechanism for when the doors were open. Although why they wanted the doors to be buzzing is one of those interesting history questions we may never answer!
From a mechanical perspective, the Pantera was also equipped with power-assisted all wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering standard.
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