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Lot 671
1972 De Tomaso Pantera


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• Highly desirable first-year, chrome bumper Pantera; 1 of just 743 examples in built 1971
• Long-term ownership for 34 years with under 30,000 original miles
• 15-inch Campagnolo magnesium wheels with new tires
• Original documents and Marti Report included

351 cid Cleveland V-8 engine, 330 HP, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension; wheelbase: 99”

Having established himself as a serious automobile manufacturer with the Mangusta coupé, Alejandro de Tomaso commissioned Lamborghini designer Gianpaolo Dallara to produce the chassis for his new mid-engine supercar, the Pantera. Dallara opted for unitary construction for the steel chassis/body - abandoning the Mangusta's backbone frame. de Tomaso believed there was a significant opportunity to break into the American car market with an Italian design that was less expensive than a Ferrari or Lamborghini.

Ford Motor Company was de Tomaso's partner at the time of the Pantera's introduction in 1971 and thus the Pantera relied on Ford V-8 power. Mated to a ZF all-synchro five-speed transaxle, the 351-cubic-inch (5.8-litre) Cleveland engine enabled the Pantera to complete the 0-60mph sprint in a little over five seconds and touch 160 MPH flat out. Styled by Tom Tjaarda at Carrozzeria Ghia, the stunning coupé body was in fact built by Vignale, both companies being part of De Tomaso's empire in the early 1970s. De Tomaso's longstanding relationship with the Ford Motor Company led to an arrangement whereby the Pantera was distributed through select Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in the USA. Road & Track named the Pantera its “Sports Car of the Year” in 1973. The car boasted technical delights such as a pressed-steel underpan, all-independent suspension, five-speed ZF manual gearbox, and four-wheel disc brakes. Power windows were also standard equipment. In total, 5,629 were sold in the United States, including 1,007 the first year, before new safety regulations dictated an exit from the U.S. market in 1975.

According to the Marti Report supplied with the car, this is an early production example with a 1971 build date that was sold in early 1972. It is equipped with factory air-conditioning and AM/FM stereo, and the entire presentation of the interior certainly supports the low mileage on the car. The odometer reading of just under 30,000 miles is correct as verified by the car’s caretaker for the past 34 years. The original owner’s manual and repair manuals are included, along with the factory cargo liner and tool kit. Look underneath, and you’ll see that the factory undercoat appears undisturbed, and the interior is obviously original, consistent with a very low mileage car. It has been clearly well-cared for throughout its life. The bright yellow paint finish is excellent, highlighted by the 15-inch Campagnolo magnesium wheels and new tires. The only major service required after long-term storage was a complete suspension rebuild, and at the same time they also upgraded to an aftermarket Ansa exhaust system.

With their clean, sharp lines, and strong powertrains, the Pre-L, chrome-bumper Panteras are considered the most desirable of the series. Enjoy the rare combination of classic Italian coachwork, low miles, and a legendary V-8 power plant all in one car. This early Pantera is the complete package, combining the sleek style and design of iconic Italian sports cars with the highly desirable brutish power of an Amercian performance car. With less than 30,000 miles traveled, this example presents a unique opportunity to own an original high quality performance car with international appeal.

Please note: This vehicle is titled as a 1972.

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