1973 DeTomaso Pantera II

The Pantera was the result of an Argentinian racing driver (Alejandro De Tomaso), Italian engineering and American muscle. The styling was handled by Tom Tjarda while Giampaolo Dallara was responsible for the structural design. Looking at the vehicle, it greatly resembles that of the Lamborghini offspring. The reasoning for this resemblance could be attributed to Giampaolo Dallara who was also aided in the designing of the Lamborghini Miura.

The wing on the back was optional. If used, it would help by providing down force and aided in stability, however, it also slowed the vehicle down and decreased the visibility out the rear-view mirror.

The engine was a V8 borrowed from the Ford Mustang and the 5-speed transaxle was that of the Ford GT40. The design of the car was intended to be simple. The reasoning was to mass-produce these easy-to-assemble cars. An ambitious goal of 5,000 vehicles a year was set. Ford aided with some of the financing. Their part of the deal was to retain distribution rights in the US while DeTomaso could have the European market. Ford was the first to back out, after energy crises were becoming more common in the 1970's, coupled with poor build quality of the vehicle. DeTomaso continued but in limited production.
1973 DeTomaso Pantera II Coupe
Chassis #: THPNNJ05220
Sold for $44,000 at 2008 Florida Auction - Russo & Steele.
Sold for $35,750 at 2009 Automobiles of Arizona.
Argentinan born Alejandro DeTomaso was a successful racing driver who later became a very successful constructor, first with his own chassis powered by engines from the Maserati brothers' OSCA concern, and later with Ford-based production engines. The Vallelunga was introduced at the 1963 Turin Show. It was powered by a 1.5-liter Cortina engine that was mounted mid-ship and powered the rear wheels. In 1969, the Ghia (Giorgetto Giugiaro) designed Mangusta was introduced. Power from this car was from a Boss Mustang and displaced 302 cubic-inches. It was basically a prototype racing car that was street legal and produced in limited numbers, amassing just 400 units.

The Ford Motor Company saw the potential of De Tomaso and decided to help with the latest project, the Pantera that was designed by Tom Tjaarda. It was built by Ghia and powered by a 351 cubic-inch 'Cleveland' V8 engine and mated to a ZF five-speed manual gearbox. The Pantera had exceptional performance, eye-catching styling, and reasonable luggage space and amenities that made it very attractive to American buyers. It was introduced at the New York Auto Show in 1970 and sold by select Lincoln-Mercury dealers from 1971 to 1974. Zero-to-sixty was accomplished in just 5.5 seconds with the top speed achieved at 150 miles per hour.

This example is a matching numbers example that is an L-designated model, from the final production year of 1974. The 'L' represented the 'Luxury' treatment that included black safety bumpers front and rear, improved cooling and air conditioning system, and a revised dashboard layout, among other enhancements. It is painted in a rare black on black combination and currently shows just 45,795 miles.

In 2009, this De Tomaso Pantera was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $70,000 - $90,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for a high bid of $35,750 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
1973 DeTomaso Pantera II 1973 DeTomaso Pantera II 1973 DeTomaso Pantera II Coupe
Chassis #: THPNMT05071
Sold for $46,750 at 2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company.
This Pantera L features an improved cooling and air-conditioning system, a revised dashboard design, and a 351 cubic-inch Cleveland V-8 engine. It has traveled under 11,000 miles since new, and it is one of the few Pantera's that has not been modified. It has been owned by only three owners. The car rides on Goodyear Arriva tires and Campagnolo cast mag wheels, and has its space-saver spare tire and inflator, plus the original tool kit.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $65,000 - $85,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car was sold for the sum of $46,750 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2011

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