1972 De Tomaso Pantera
Earlier Panteras offer a more affordable way into 1970s supercar ownership and while the red-corduroy snobs might sneer at the American Ford mechanicals, their mixture of power and dependability make for a usable, capable and reasonably affordable uberpowerful machine. Clearly, however, a previous owner thought the original 351 cubic inch (5.7 litres) V8 wasn’t up to the job, and it had been replaced by a 7.3-litre unit connected to the original five-speed ’box. The restoration, carried out 10 years ago, had lasted well and the two-tone black and silver paint had lightly mellowed while the re-trimmed interior was a pleasant place to be. Here was a good example of a car that has luckily avoided investor money, and consequently it was an excellent buy.