Prowl With Style In A Strikingly Modified 1974 DeTomaso Pantera

Sep 4, 2020 4 min read
Prowl With Style In A Strikingly Modified 1974 DeTomaso Pantera

Currently listed on Bring A Trailer, this Italian mid-engined sports car is bound to turn every head in town.

The DeTomaso Pantera is an Italian mid-engine sports car that was produced for over 20 years from 1971 through 1993. The name Pantera means "Panther" in Italian, and this was the most popular vehicle created by DeTomaso with 7,000 examples built over those two decades. A beauty to behold, this modified 1974 DeTomaso Pantera is listed on Bring A Trailer and is sitting at $49,000 (after 7 bidders) with just 5 days left. This online listing ends on Tuesday, September 8th at 4:50 p.m.

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Originally a Lusso model finished in white, this Pantera was resprayed in a glossy black and features a "pre-L" split chrome bumper conversion. Back in 2005, this Italian sports car had the body, paint, and chrome work carried out along with a replacement windshield. In preparation to sell, a headlight motor with a revised gear was also installed. Further complementing the exterior is a set of staggered 17-inch wheels (reminiscent of the stock 15-inch Campagnolos) wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport rubber (245/40 front, 335/35 rear) that partially hide Wilwood disc brakes with multi-piston calipers all around.

Powering this black beauty is mid-mounted 355-cubic-inch V8 engine built by Rich’s Automotive Machine Shop in cooperation with Smith-Dawson in December 1993. Mechanical highlights include a .020″ overbore, aluminum SVO Cleveland heads, a Windsor bottom end, Wiseco pistons, a Mallory distributor, and an aftermarket radiator. Even more, the engine is topped with a four-barrel Holley carburetor that sits atop a polished aluminum intake manifold. Shifting power down to the rear wheels and twisting a limited-slip differential and Spicer axle shafts is a 5-speed ZF manual transaxle housed in a polished case. A new high-torque starter was installed to prepare the car to sell. The car was dyno-tested in 1994 where its best run produced 393-horsepower at 6,000-rpm and 366 lb/ft of torque at 4,250-rpm.

Handling duties are provided by adjustable upper rear control arms (installed in the early '90s) along with other suspension modifications including 1-inch sway bars and adjustable coil-overs from PI Motorsports. Spent gases exit through stainless steel mufflers with polished straight-cut tips.

Open the doors to reveal an immaculate interior with seats and armrests reupholstered in Porsche black leather (in 2005). Also black to match the upholstery is the black dash, door panels, and carpets. The cabin is kept nice and comfortable thanks to air conditioning, and power windows roll up and down with the touch of a button with the window lifts and motors replaced back in 2006. More interior features include the aluminum shift knob and gate, a flat-bottomed Sparco steering wheel with a DeTomaso horn button, and a polished hub adapter. Instrumentation in front of the driver includes a 200-mph speedometer and a 5,800-rpm redline tachometer. Housed in a carbon fiber surround in the center stack are the gauges to monitor amperage, fuel level, water temperature, and oil pressure. While the five-digit odometer reads about 39,000 miles, the total mileage is unknown. The current owner had the car for about 10 years and only accumulated about 2,500 on the clock.

Originally purchased from New London Motors, Inc. in Connecticut, this 1974 DeTomaso Pantera is now being offered on dealer consignment and comes with records that start in the late 1970s, a window sticker, and a clean Texas title. The window sticker from New London Motors Inc. lists the original colors and options and shows the car had a retail price of $11,126.

If interested in this stunningly modified 1974 DeTomaso Pantera, make sure you register to bid through Bring A Trailer. As mentioned above, the car is currently sitting at $49,000 with just 5 days left before it is sent off to its new home. Why not yours?

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