1974 De Tomaso

Pantera L

--Black with Black interior with White accents, Black carpeting, 26,000 Original Miles, 5.8 liter (351ci) Ford Cleveland V8, ZF 5-speed manual transmission, Long Term ownership.

Alejandro De Tomaso founded his auto building firm, De Tomaso Automobili, in Modena, Italy in 1959. Like many race car builders, he hoped to emulate Ferrari and build road cars that would embody the qualities of his racing cars and be fast, excellent handling cars. De Tomaso's hallmark was a well-designed sportscar featuring exotic styling on the outside, but always have an off-the-shelf production engine underneath. Today, Panteras are among the most bulletproof of exotic Italian cars on the road and, as a result, they are far cheaper to run and own than Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis due to De Tomaso and Ford's choice of an off-the-shelf Mustang V8 engine, the 351-Cleveland.

This 1974 Pantera L was purchase in 1983 from its second owner and has been in its present ownership since. During this ownership, it has been received various sympathetic restoration to include a bare metal repaint as well as interior accents in White. Factory gauges remain and are in correct working order and the steering wheel has been replaced with a period correct unit from LeCarrera. The original 351 ci engine has been completely rebuilt, bored over, modified and fitted with Holley EFI Snyper System with dashboard mounted digital controller, the engine has been dyno'd and produces 605 HP. The exhaust has been fabricated by Paul's Custom Exhaust and it's fair to say, sounds menacing. All remaining mechanicals, suspension (Koni shocks, performance spring it, chrome swaybars), brakes (fitted with aluminum Superlite brake calipers with two-piece rotors with aluminum hats), electronic emergency brake upgrade, clutch and gearbox have also been serviced when and were needed to keep in its current superb condition. LED headlights are installed in the factory housings. Finally, the Pantera has been fitted a set of PI Motorsports LeMans 4 17” forged aluminum polished wheels with new Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, 225/45/17 front and 335/35/17 in the rear.

Used sparingly through the years, it has recently received a complete and major service to ensure it is excellent and ready for its next caretaker. Having covered 26,000 caring miles from new, this Pantera is complete with all documentation from almost new as well as all documentation for the restoration-build.

It is complete with original MSO, window sticker, owner's manual and service/maintenance records. The Pantera is an Italian exotic with a heart of reliable American muscle.

Price: $134,500