This De Tomaso Pantera art represents a rare mix of Argentinian entrepreneurial spirit, American engineering and Italian design. The story of De Tomaso is a sweet throwback to the Golden age of Italian-American joint ventures. The 80's in America are all about excess - everything is 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 Modena auto show in 1970. A couple of weeks later the wide and potent-looking mid-engined car debutes across the pond. It stirs up the audience at the New York auto show. Soon after that, the production capacity of the tiny Italian automaker increases to about three cars per day. It is an instant success. 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 is powered by V8 FordCleveland engine producing 335 hp. That is enough for a sprint time of 5.5 sec to 60 mph. De Tomaso Pantera relies on a 5-speed manual transmission and a transaxle delivered by ZF. Due to the enormous torque provided by the big V8 engine, the Pantera is much less demanding in terms of gear changes in urban conditions than many other European sports cars.