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f you were in­spired by last month’s Targa is­sue to put on a hel­met and enter one of the great­est tar­mac rally events on the planet, this ex­otic ma­chine may be just what you’re look­ing for.

Penned by Amer­i­can de­signer Tom Tjaarda and sold in the US be­tween 1971 and 1974, the De To­maso Pan­tera aimed to of­fer Fer­rari Day­tona per­for­mance at less than half the price. The spec sheet was im­pres­sive, with uni­body con­struc­tion, four-wheel power disc brakes and in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion, and rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing.

This 1973 De To­maso Pan­tera boasts a dry-sumped 7.0-litre V8 en­gine com­plete with mo­tor sport block and a Hol­ley per­for­mance De­mon car­bu­ret­tor, all mated to a five-speed ZF transaxle. The Pan­tera is also equipped with power steer­ing, and it has a front-mounted fuel tank and two elec­tric fans that help cool a large alu­minium ra­di­a­tor, as well as sep­a­rate con­tin­u­ous oil cool­ing from the dry-sump tank.

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