1972 De To­maso Pan­tera

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

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.

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