De Tomaso owes its name to its founder, Alejandro De Tomaso, born in Argentina in 1928. Proud of his South American roots, the De Tomaso symbol is a branding iron used to mark throughbred horses, while its colours are those of the Argentinean flag.
At the age of 27, De Tomaso was already demonstrating his passion for cars, and while living in Italy raced Maseratis and others for around four years.
At the age of 29 he took the bold move of founding his own car company in Modena, the home of Italian sports cars. After a few years he sold the company to Ford, then greatly enamoured of Italian styling and engineering. Ford’s acquisition was inspired by the desire to create a competitor to General Motor’s successful Corvette. The Pantera was that car. Designed by American stylist Tom Tjaarda and engineered by Gian Paulo Dallara, the Pantera came with a variety of mid-engined options including the 5.7 litre GT4 and a 350bhp GTS.
Unlike the Mangusta (which employed a steel backbone chassis) the Pantera was a steel monocoque design. It made its public debut in Modena in March 1970 and was presented at the 1970 New York Motor Show a few weeks later. A year later Panteras started finding their way into the hands of customers and production was raised to a remarkable three per day, startling by the standards of Modena-built exotica.
This magificent Pantera – one of the first with the desirable Ghia body – is in execellent all round condition, having had only 2 previous US – owners and the current German vendor covering a minimal total mileage of just 15,956 miles. The reason for the cars outstanding condition easily explains itself by the fact that it had been dry stored in a heated garage from 1988 – 2005 for 17 years! It was purchased by its second US owner in 1983 at a mileage of 4,000 miles.
During his ownership the car received all the necessary services and any required repairs under the careful eyes of Pantera Performance of Denver, such as new carburettors and a new internal powder coated petrol tank. It has been confirmed by the vendor that the car has never been involved in any accident or written off, nor had it been taken apart since originally built and the 351 C 330hp engine ran like a dream. Spotted in the US by the current German vendor in 2014, the car was immediately bought and taken to Germany the very same year. Customs have been paid and the German Unbedenklichkeits-Bescheinigung was issued on 15.08. 2014.
Only being offered for sale due to lack of time to use it by the vendor, this fabolous unmolested and low mileage Pantera is offered here still retaining its mileage of less than 16,000 original miles. Indeed a superb opportunity to purchase one of these now sought after Italian supercars at a sensible price and as such not to be missed.