Car Catcher: A Low-Mileage De Tomaso Pantera From the First Year of Production

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Starting at a little under $10,000 in 1971–roughly $64,000 today–the De Tomaso Pantera was able to significantly undercut European rivals like Ferrari and Lamborghini, though early examples were often noted as having at least a few teething issues. The Pantera would still be a success, however, as more than 5000 examples were sold here in the States.

This 1971 De Tomaso Pantera (titled as a’72 as it was sold the year after it was built) is a first-year example that is said to have been “well cared-for throughout its life.” And, although unconfirmed, the car’s 27,000-mile odometer reading is believed to be true. The Pantera was “treated to a high-quality, professional, body-on respray” in the car’s original shade of red sometime in the past year.

Included in the sale is the Pantera’s owners and repair manuals, as well as car’s Marti Report, which states that the De Tomaso was originally sold in February of 1972 in Hollywood, Florida.

Find this 1972 De Tomaso Pantera going up for auction in RM Sotheby’s upcoming Arizona auction.

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12/22/20 2:14 p.m.

Why would someone put rubber baby buggy bumpers on a 71/72 Pantera?

I owned a '71 Pantera, red.

BJ New Reader
12/27/20 7:58 a.m.

While the article on the Pantera is interesting, the example shown is not close to being representative of a first year Pantera. There are many who know these cars well and could provide a good, stock example for an article - although original Panteras are rare. Perhaps consult the community for future articles to ensure accuracy. You could do better.

12/28/20 10:02 a.m.


That  Pantera is an"L" model, not a first year. First year Panteras had chrome bumperettes in front and rear. Transition L models had the shark nose front and some had chrome rear bumpers, most Ls had the black bumpers front and rear.

Ken ( had a 1972 sn 4244)

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