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1972 Detomaso Pantera

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1972 DeTomaso Pantera
Make:
DeTomaso
Model:
Pantera
Exterior Color:
Bronze Metallic Mist
Engine:
351 4V
Price:
$55,950.00

1972 De Tomaso Pantera . The car made its public debut in Modena in March 1970 and was presented at the 1970 New York Motor Show a few weeks later. Approximately a year after that production Panteras started finding their way into the hands of customers and production had already been ramped up to a remarkable (by the standards of Modena-built exotica) 3 per day. The Pantera was designed by American designer Tom Tjaarda and replaced the De Tomaso Mangusta. Unlike the Mangusta, which employed a steel backbone chassis, the Pantera was a steel monocoque design, the first instance of De Tomaso using this construction technique. The Pantera logo included a version of Argentina's flag turned on its side with a T-shaped symbol that was the brand used by De Tomaso's Argentinian cattle ranching ancestors. Reflecting its makers' transatlantic ambitions, the Pantera came with an abundance of standard features which appeared exotic in Europe, such as electric windows, air conditioning and even "doors that buzz when ... open". By the time the Pantera reached production, the interior was in most respects well sorted. These first Panteras were powered by a Ford 351 cu in (5.8 L) V8 engine that produced 330 hp (246 kW; 335 PS). The high torque provided by the Ford engine reduced the need for excessive gear changing at low speeds: this makes the car much less demanding to drive in urban conditions. The ZF transaxle used in the Mangusta was also used for the Pantera. Power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering were all standard equipment on the Pantera. The acceleration was 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.5 seconds. The American version has larger tail lamps and corner marker lamps. Late in 1971, Ford began importing Panteras for the American market to be sold through its Lincoln Mercury dealers. A total of 1,007 Panteras reached the United States that first year. Several modifications were made for the 1972 model year Panteras. A new 4 Bolt Main Cleveland Engine, also 351 in, was used with lower compression ratio (from 11:1 to 8.6:1, chiefly to meet US emissions standards and run on lower octane standard fuel) but with more aggressive camshaft timing (in an effort to reclaim some of the power lost through the reduction in compression). Many other engine changes were made, including the use of a factory exhaust header. Ford ended their importation to the U.S. in 1975, having sold roughly 5,500 cars in the United States. De Tomaso continued to build the car, however, in ever-escalating forms of performance and luxury for almost two decades for sale in the rest of the world. Donít miss the opportunity to own this low mileage and unique combination of American Muscle and Italian Super Car design in desirable color combination today for only $55950

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