This is an Argentinian story happened in Italy and powered by USA big V8 muscle. This De Tomaso Pantera art is telling it beautifully and remind us not just for the Golden Age of Italian-American hybrids but also for the crazy '80s when everything was sparkling, bright and shiny.

 

This De Tomaso Pantera art is telling a sparkling, bright and shiny story

This mid-engine sports car debuted in 1971 and was titled Pantera, the Italian word for panther. It was also the most successful model produced by De Tomaso with more than 7000 cars made during its 20 years production run. Its Ford V8 engine with 335 hp made it capable of 5.5 sec acceleration time from 0 to 60 mph. De Tomaso Pantera relied on 5-speed manual transmission as well as transaxle delivered by ZF. Due to the enormous torque provided by the big V8 engine, the Pantera was much less demanding in terms of gear changes in urban conditions than many other European sporty cars.

 

De Tomaso Pantera was among the ultimate poster cars of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Designed by Tom Tjaarda who then worked for Ghia, the mid-engine coupe was a pure dream even though not so alluring as the Lamborghini Miura. It should not be a supercar, it meant to be an unconventional sports car able to understeer and oversteer in two consecutive corners. Such nasty behavior didn’t scare its rich and famous owners just like Elvis Presley himself.

De Tomaso Pantera was automotive art back then. It is no surprise the mid-engine Argentinian-Italian-American car appeared in movies like The Cannonball Run II, the original Gone in 60 Seconds, The Gumball Rally and even Breaking Bad. You can find it in the Jay Leno garage, which is explicitly underlying its importance to the world automotive culture.

We are more than happy to share with you this illustration, created by Marco De Toma. Because, you know – De Tomaso Pantera is a fine car art by itself.

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