Miles Wilson
Miles Wilson Reader Services
11/6/18 12:39 p.m.
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Looking for an exotic car from the 80's, but finding classics with names like Ferrari or Lamborghini too boring? De Tomaso was an Italian company that produced this Ford-powered mid-engine sports car between 1971 and 1992.

This example on Bring A Trailer has all the available aero pieces and less than 20,000 original miles. There is just one day left before a lucky buyer takes the car home. We actually covered the Pantera's history in an article of Classic Motorsports from the early 2000's.

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crankwalk
crankwalk SuperDork
11/6/18 4:15 p.m.

That is a vulgar display of power.

Mr.
Mr. New Reader
1/4/19 12:03 p.m.

In reply to Miles Wilson :

Just got mine back after 4 years of restoration and modification to make it more "user friendly."  I still think it's the best looking design of the 1970's Italian wedge design genre.  Absolutely a beast on the road with ferocious sound behind your ears.  And I much prefer the Pre L narrow bodied cars to the wide bodied GT5 and GT5S cars.  Tom Tjaarda's design remains timeless in its beauty.

wspohn
wspohn Dork
1/5/19 1:09 p.m.

The styling is excellent but like many cars (e.g. the Countach) while the original clean lines were the best, as the years passed they junked up the body with boy racer add-ons.  The red car looks so much better than the black racer wannabe.....

Mr.
Mr. New Reader
1/5/19 1:41 p.m.

In reply to wspohn :

wspohn,

I couldn't agree with you more.  The bulging fenders and the Countach wing may add aggressiveness to the look but ruin the perfect lines of the original design.  I never even considered buying a later model when I went looking 15 years ago.  Besides, how much wider than 335 35 17 tires would you want to put on the back.  It already looks like a drag strip car with slicks, they're so big.  (and nearly impossible to source).

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
1/6/19 12:06 p.m.

In reply to wspohn & Mr.:

I think it must be a generational thing. Growing up in the 80’s it was definitely the GTS and LP5000 posters hanging on my bedroom walls.

alfabeach
alfabeach New Reader
1/10/19 4:33 p.m.

One for sale at Mecum Auctions Kissimmee this weekend.

chandler
chandler PowerDork
1/10/19 5:17 p.m.

I had one that I found in a junkyard in upstate nY in the early 2000s, I couldn’t afford it and was happy someone took it off my hands who could afford to restore it. The prices were significantly lower then!!!

Mr.
Mr. New Reader
1/10/19 8:13 p.m.

Even rust bucket Panteras are selling in the $40K range now and nice ones are $90-100K.  Restored ones have brought $125K and up depending on model and condition.  Virtually all parts are still available from Pantera vendors at decent prices so restoring is now a better option than it was 5-10 years ago when fully nuts and bolts restored cars were only bringing about $40,000.

chandler
chandler PowerDork
1/12/19 7:35 a.m.

It makes me cringe, I think $900 or $1200 is what I paid for that. I got $6000 for it though haha 

wspohn
wspohn Dork
1/12/19 11:36 a.m.

Example (QED):

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
1/12/19 6:36 p.m.

In reply to wspohn :

Sorry, it’s definitely the bottom one for me. I appreciate the vintageness of the early design, but it’s just a little bland for my tastes...or at least my teenage tastes. 

Mr.
Mr. New Reader
1/17/19 8:54 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett :

No offense to Countach owners, but the Countach has to be one of the ugliest cars ever designed, it's just an abomination no matter how many spoilers, scoops, wings.and crazy wheel arches you ad to its kit car appearance.  How anyone could compare the Pantera's sensuous lines (the Pre L cars) to the grotesque ones of the Lambo is beyond my comprehension.  Just my humble and admittedly biased opinion.

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