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Unique 1974 DeTomaso Pantera On the Way to Mecum Houston 2017

With only a little over 10,000 miles on it and unrestored, this DeTamaso Pantera caught our attention. It’s heading to the Mecum Houston auction at the beginning of April. This car is a unique and history-filled model that a lot of people haven’t even heard of before.

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When Alejandro DeTomaso decided to retire from racing, he turned to car manufacturing. By the late 1960s, he gave the world a bug-life 4-cyl. Vallelunga and the V8 Mangusta coupes. These were ascetically interesting cars. Ford was looking to acquire the company and landed on the Pantera DeTamaso after deciding that the Mangusta was too radical for the American market.

The model debuted at the New York Auto Show in 1970 with Ford backing. Styling came from Tom Tjaarda at Ghia, and was powered by the off-the-shelf 310-hp Cleveland 351 engine. After 1974, Ford pulled the plug on the Panteras, making this the senior year of the DeTomaso.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unrestored
  • Original paint
  • Original upholstery
  • Original tires and wheels
  • 351 CI Cleveland engine
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Believed to be 10,926 original miles
  • Two owner car
  • Window sticker
  • Tool pouch
  • License plate bracket
  • Dealer sales brochure
  • Spare tire and air canister in trunk
  • Preferred owner literature
  • Radio block off plate
  • Owners manual
  • Extra set of tires and wheels
  • Extra keys

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