Classic Italian exotics are always popular and desirable cars, but they are rarely easy to live with and can be very expensive to maintain with their complex and sometimes fragile Italian engines. This is why the Pantera is so popular now. You have the late 60’s Italian styling, the advantages of a mid-engine design, the efficiency of a ZF 5 speed transmission and the durability, power and low cost maintenance of the famous Ford 351 Cleveland. Don’t forget that even in completely stock trim the Pantera is within 16 horsepower of the half million-dollar Ferrari Daytona, and adding HP to 351C is cheap!
This 1972 Pantera is one of the early desirable small bumper and high-compression engine variants. Most pantera’s on the market have been significantly modified and many no longer even have their original engine, but this car is still very close to its original factory configuration.
The 351 Cleveland starts and runs well i has gotten some upgrades in its earlier life and a recent runs fanstastic with good power and torque and will make you grin when you hit the gas! The transmission is quiet, shifts smoothly and clutch operation is direct, smooth and linear. The engine has good oil pressure and always runs cool.
Interior is in very good driver condition. The carpet is excellent and the seats look very good and appear to wear their original upholstery. The headliner is tight and clean.
The instrumentation functions properly as you would expect, the lights, wipers and headlight motor assemblies all work fine as well.
This car has never been restored. The paint (repaint) is glossy. There are imperfections in the paint on the roof. The overall appearance of the car is very good, but there are a few bubbles in the driver’s door and behind the passengers door.
If you are looking for easy to live with exotic you should check out this Pantera.
Location: Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
See listing: 1972 De Tomaso Pantera (from August 26, 2020)