1972 De Tomaso Pantera

Vehicle details

Entry number:
De Tomaso
PUS 999
Traditional Classic
Jon Le Roux

De Tomaso was an Italian car manufacturing company founded by Argentine born Alejandro de Tomaso in Italy 1959. It originally produced various prototypes and racing cars, including a Formula One car for Frank Williams’ team in 1970.

The Pantera was a joint effort between Ford and De Tomaso, making her debut at Modena during March 1970 and then at the New York Motor Show the same year. Production began about a year after the car’s first appearance with three cars per week being turned out.

The standard Pantera for world markets, other than the US, were fitted with a 351 cubic inch / 5.8 litre Ford Cleveland V8 engine producing 330bhp. The transmission was the same 5 spedd ZF transaxle as had been used in the Ford GT40. Suspension was fully independent with wishbones, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers front and rear.

The car could accelerate from standing to 60mph in 5.5 seconds, this car however, is know as an ‘Extreme Pantera’.

This particular car is a Group 4 Pantera, chassis #4806, imported from California to the UK in 2012. At it’s heart is a Ford Windsor engine bored and stroked to 408 cubic inches / 6.6 litres, producing a massive 602 bhp at the wheels and 600 lbs/ft torque. With upgraded suspension, Wilwood racing 6-pot caliper brakes on the front and 4s on the back, this vicious beast is a full on thoroughbred.

Year: 1972
Make: De Tomsao
Model: Pantera Group 4 type
Engine: Ford Windsor 408ci (6.6 litre)
Power: 602 bhp
Torque: 600lbs/ft
Gearbox: 5-speed ZF Transaxle
Wheels: Campagnolo Magnesium wheels
Tyres: Front 255×15 – Rear 345×15