This De Tomaso Pantera art represents a rare mix of Argentinan entrepreneurial spirit, American engineering, and Italian design. The story of De Tomaso is a warm throwback to the Golden Age of Italian-American joint ventures, dictated by the excess of 80s America when everything was sparkling, provocative and bright.

The story behind the De Tomaso Pantera cult.

The history of De Tomaso and their first model Pantera begins at the auto show of Modena in 1970. A couple of weeks later the wide and potent looking mid-engined car debuted across the pond. It stirred up the audience at the New York auto show. Soon after that, the production capacity of the tiny Italian automaker increased to about three cars per day. It was an instant success. Interestingly the production span of De Tomaso Panter stretches for 23 years.

Pantera is the most successful model produced by De Tomaso with more than 7000 cars. The vehicle was powered by V8 FordCleveland engine producing 335 hp. That was enough for a sprint time of 5.5 sec 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 sports cars.

Importance in the automotive world.

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 considered to be pure automotive pornography at the time. To be honest, it still is. The 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 Jay Leno’sLeno’s garage, which only speaks about the importance it has 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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