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.