1974 DeTomaso Pantera

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9 October 2021
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Visually maintained, largely original
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Chassis no. THGTPL07039. Ruby Red with black hood and engine cover over black. 351/350hp, 5-speed, Wilwood brakes, Pirelli tires, fender flares, air conditioning, power windows, tinted glass, aftermarket exhaust, tool kit.

Evaluation: Rare GTS model. Represented with single family ownership and just 7303 miles from new. Very long scratch on the front bumper. Decent older paint with some chips on a few panel edges. Very good original interior. Clean engine bay and underbody. Not a time capsule Pantera but close, and it would be hard to find a better preserved one than this.

Bottom Line: Ford offered the 351-powered Pantera at Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in period, and in 1974 a sportier version with a hotter engine and wider wheels called the GTS was introduced to the US market. About 150 sold here. The DeTomaso/Ford partnership ended that same year, so US-spec GTSs like this one actually have Ghia badges on the nose and horn in place of DeTomaso.

Once regarded as a poor man’s supercar, Panteras have come into their own as proper collectibles and the GTS with its low production numbers, higher specs and super-cool riveted fender flares is highly sought after. This price was reasonable given its impressive level of preservation and, while high for a Pantera, is still considerably less than a Ferrari or Lamborghini with similar looks and performance.

by Andrew Newton
17 October 2021
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