1971 De Tomaso Pantera by Ghia
$100,000 - $125,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 2019 - Offered on: Thursday, January 17, 2019
- Rare early “push-button” Pantera
- Features many performance and cosmetic upgrades
- Striking Grabber Blue paint scheme
- Factory air-conditioning
- Iconic Ford-powered 1970s supercar
Sold through select Lincoln-Mercury dealers from 1971 to 1974, the De Tomaso Pantera, which succeeded the Mangusta, offered a Ford 351-cu. in. “Cleveland” V-8 rated at 330 hp and shifted through a gated five-speed ZF manual transmission. This set up provided blistering performance and superior handling abilities; Car & Driver magazine recorded a 0–60 time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 150 miles per hour. The V-8’s torque was tempered care of power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, while rack-and-pinion steering was standard.
This early model 1971 Pantera is among the very first ones imported to the U.S. by Ford. The first 75 cars imported were made by hand at Carrozzeria Vignale in Italy and were originally destined for the European market, however they were exported Stateside after an agreement was finalized with Ford. These early import cars are known as “push-button” Panteras, distinguished by their round door buttons and a hand grip molded into the body just behind the door, rather than the pull-type door handles on later cars, making this example rarer than most.
This Pantera presents beautifully, and the car’s original factory color Grabber Blue paintwork is striking. The largely original interior is in exceptionally nice condition, reflecting the care this Pantera has received over the years. Upgrades include 17-in. wheels, Wilwood brakes, adjustable shocks, Anza exhaust, and a highly detailed engine bay with many polished engine components and accessories. This Arizona rust-free De Tomaso is also equipped with factory air-conditioning.
With its aggressive looks, host of quality upgrades, and superb overall condition, this rare early model Pantera is an exciting car to look at and even more exciting to drive.