De Tomaso Pantera lusso
1974 DeTomaso Pantera Lusso, two owners from new, one of 1,112 produced
Wonderful original 1974 DeTomaso Pantera Lusso in correct factory blue with black interior. This is a 2-owner car with a well-documented history. Purchased new in Chicago, the car stayed with the original owner, Mr. Hobbensiefken, until 2017 when it was sold to the current Danish owner. The car was never titled in Denmark and has largely remained in dry storage since 2017, only regular service has been performed during Danish ownership. We have inspected and serviced the car in-house and found it to be in excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically. A Marti Report documenting the car is included.
VIN/Chassis Number: THPNNK06404
Odometer: 31,853 miles
Engine: 5.8-liter V8, 266 hp
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Build Date: October 1973, Vignale, Italy
Factory Paint: Blue
History of the 1970-1992 DeTomaso Pantera:
When Alejandro DeTomaso retired from race car driving he turned to car manufacturing, and by the late 1960s had given the world the bug-like 4-cylinder Vallelunga and the radical V8 Mangusta coupes—aesthetically interesting and competent road cars. In the meantime, Ford had been seeking to acquire an exotic car company, and they landed on DeTomaso’s doorstep. The radical Mangusta was interesting in concept but not quite right for the American market, but the car DeTomaso had in the works was—the Pantera. A deal was struck. The car debuted at the New York Auto Show in 1970, and with Ford's backing, the plan was to import 10,000, to be sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealerships around the country.
Styling for the Pantera came courtesy of the young Tom Tjaarda at Ghia, and the crisp lines and long snout sat atop a pressed-steel unit chassis, while its off-the-shelf 310-hp, 351-ci “Cleveland” V8 was situated midship and paired with a 5-speed ZF transaxle. Weight distribution was predictably biased toward the rear, 150 mph was not out of the question, and the car came with amenities like air conditioning, which American buyers demanded.
A luxury model, the Pantera L (for Lusso), arrived for 1972 with unique bumpers, a finned panel over the fuel filler, and several other cosmetic upgrades. Quality control improved, though the V8 was revised ahead of the 1973 model year with a power-stifling lower compression ratio aimed at meeting emissions standards. Pointy black bumpers arrived as well.
Ford pulled the plug on the program after 1974, when fewer than 6,000 Panteras had been sold. DeTomaso continued to produce the car in Europe up until 1991, though the cars of the Ford years are generally the most sought after.
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