Saturday, May 3, 2014

SOLD $80k ~ MECUM INDY 2014 ~ 1972 DeTomaso Pantera - Ulta-low mileage - preserved in unrestored condition

F213 1972 DeTomaso Pantera  Unrestored with 1,561 Miles Photo 3

I remember the Pantera very well.  I would have been in my mid-teens.  The local Lincoln-Mercury dealer with its showroom brimming with all that Italian flair and 351C bark.  A very raw experience.  I have remained an avid follower of the car and its status in the collector car market.  In my case, it holds a place in the top 25 in my garage.  This particular car is ultra-low mileage and preserved in an unrestored condition.  Typically prices have continued for average cars in the $30k's - provides a range of values for a range of conditions (i.e. condition 1 thru 4).  Their average price is just under $60k - the premium of this car's estimated sale price is an expression of the rarity and completely unmolested condition.  FULL ORIGINAL LISTING AND MORE HERE


F213 1972 DeTomaso Pantera  Unrestored with 1,561 Miles Photo 1
- Desirable 1972 Pre L Pantera 
- Unrestored original condition 
- Believed to be 1,561 original miles 
- 351 CI Cleveland engine 
- 5-speed transmission 
- Red exterior 
- Original Black upholstery 
- Power steering 
- Power 4-wheel disc brakes 
- Power windows 
- Pantera Campagnolo magnesium wheels 
- Current owner has kept for 29 years 
- Stored in a controlled environment during that time


ESTIMATE: $80,000 - $100,000 
Introduced in 1970, the DeTomaso Pantera was the brainchild of automotive entrepreneur Alejandro de Tomaso, an Italian-domiciled Argentinian who was also the father of the Vallelunga, Pampero and Mangusta, the last powered by engines from Ford. That relationship with Dearborn then focused on a new project to answer Ford’s need for an image-building supercar to fill the void left years before by the end of production of Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. First named Cobra and then Puma, the project was eventually dubbed the Panther or, in Italian, Pantera. 

F213 1972 DeTomaso Pantera  Unrestored with 1,561 Miles Photo 5        F213 1972 DeTomaso Pantera  Unrestored with 1,561 Miles Photo 7

A supercar in every respect, the Pantera had a monocoque body structure with a tube subframe supporting a mid-mounted Ford V-8 and transaxle, independent wishbone suspension all around and an athletic exterior design by the Italian styling house Ghia. The 1972 Pantera offered here is a desirable “pre-L” model built before the change to oversized bumpers and a reduction in horsepower from 330 to 248. It is in surprisingly original condition, having been driven just 1,561 miles since new. Preserved by its owner of 28 years in a controlled environment, this Red-on-Black rarity uses the 351 CI Cleveland V-8 with a 5-speed transaxle and features power steering, 4-wheel power disc brakes, power windows, rare Pantera Campagnolo magnesium wheels and the original interior upholstery. 

F213 1972 DeTomaso Pantera  Unrestored with 1,561 Miles Photo 2

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