The De Tomaso Pantera's combination of mid-engined design, beautiful Ghia coachwork and the reliable performance of Ford's 351 cubic inch "Cleveland" V8 was sensational. The fact that it could be bought and serviced at a nearby Lincoln-Mercury dealer for under $10,000 was astounding. Around 5,600 were built from 1971-1974. Many have been "upgraded" with flared fenders, wings, spoilers, wide wheels. Their 351 Cleveland engines lent themselves to modification with readily available techniques and performance parts, and today an original, unrestored Pantera is very, very rare. That makes this De Tomaso Pantera a stunning, rare and very desirable find: an original example from California with only 22,454 miles. Its condition is exceptional. In California the tradeoff between the dry, sunny climate which deters rust often is sun-rotted upholstery, steering wheels and dashboard tops, none of which has this Pantera suffered. The French Racing Blue paint appears to be the original, applied long ago in Italy in the shops of Vignale which built the Ghia-designed bodies. The original Black interior is in exceptionally good condition for its age. This is a very rare, desirable and unusual find is a potential preservation class winner and the center of attention at any gathering of Ford or high performance Italian cars.
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