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The De To­maso Pan­tera was an Ital­ian-built, mid-en­gine sports car, de­signed in Italy by Amer­i­can trans­plant Tom Tjaarda while at

Ghia and fit­ted with a good, ol’ Amer­i­can V-8 (a Ford “Cleve­land” 351). Con­fused yet? What if we told you U.S.-spec cars were sold and ser­viced through Lin­coln-Mer­cury deal­er­ships? Con­vo­luted back­story aside, the Pan­tera was de­signed as a bud­get-priced al­ter­na­tive to more ex­pen­sive Euro­pean metal, and al­though power was strong, the typ­i­cal Ital­ian build-qual­ity is­sues lim­ited the car’s suc­cess. This one was right on the money for its good con­di­tion.

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