Alejandro De Tomaso designed his Pantera to be the most effective of each worlds, a trendy mid-engine Italian supercar powered by a rugged Detroit V8, and thus with out the complexity or upkeep wants of the highest Italian manufacturers however competing with the most effective of them in efficiency.
The Pick of the Day is a 1972 De Tomaso Pantera, a low-mileage instance of the sought-after early fashions when the bumpers had been small and the compression was excessive. Power is offered by a 351cid Ford Cleveland V8 rated at 330 horsepower and linked with a 5-speed ZF transmission.
“Classic Italian exotics are always popular and desirable cars, but they are rarely easy to live with and can be very expensive to maintain with their complex and sometimes fragile Italian engines,” notes the Cookeville, Tennessee, vendor promoting the Pantera on ClassicCars.com. “This is why the Pantera is so popular now.
“Most Panteras on the market have been significantly modified and many no longer even have their original engine, but this car is still very close to its original factory configuration.”
With simply 46,000 miles exhibiting on its odometer, the Pantera has by no means been restored aside from a repaint in its unique Red, the vendor says, noting that the paint is shiny and exhibits effectively however has some imperfections.
“Interior is in very good driver condition,” the vendor provides. “The carpet is excellent and the seats look very good and appear to wear their original upholstery. The headliner is tight and clean.
“The instrumentation functions properly as you would expect; the lights, wipers and headlight motor assemblies all work fine as well.”
Best of all, nevertheless, is how this 48-year-old Pantera nonetheless performs because it ought to, in keeping with the vendor.
“The 351 Cleveland starts and runs well; (it) has gotten some upgrades in its earlier life and a recent tuneup,” the advert says. “It runs fantastic with good power and torque and will make you grin when you hit the gas!
“The transmission is quiet, shifts smoothly and clutch operation is direct, smooth and linear. The engine has good oil pressure and always runs cool.”
The asking worth for this Italian/American sports activities automotive is $87,900.
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