De Tomaso Pantera

De Tomaso PanteraI remember buying a magazine back in the ’90’s just because this car was on the cover. I put it above the Ferraris and Lambos at that time and became a firm favourite with me. I love the flared arches and the bulky aggressive look.

The Pantera was a sports car produced by the De Tomaso car company of Italy from 1971 to 1991, the last one being delivered to a customer in 1992.
The first 1971 Panteras were powered by a Ford 351 cu in (5.8 L) V8 engine that produced a severely underrated 330 hp. Stock dynos over the years proved that power was more along the lines of about 380 hp. The 1971 Pantera could accelerate to 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds. The high torque provided by the Ford engine reduced the need for excessive gear changing at low speeds: this made the car much less demanding to drive in urban conditions than many of the locally built competitor products.

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