1972 DeTomaso Pantera

The Pantera was America's answer to mid-engine Italian exotics from the likes of Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. With an Italian body built by Ghia and a Ford Cleveland 351, the Pantera is an interesting mix of Italian flair with American muscle.

The Car Nut

This particular Pantera came out of a long term ownership from a local enthusiast that kept the car in very good condition. Sensible modifications were made to the cooling system, brakes and carburetor but otherwise the car remains stock. The AC had no worked in a long time so I replaced all the hose, condenser and fan and installed a rotary compressor. With black vinyl seats and a lot of greenhouse glass having a working AC was a requirement for me.

The best way to describe a Pantera is as a big go kart. Great for short distance drives but your back will feel it if you decide to do a long drive with it. Still, a fun car to drive and very unique design.

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