An Italian-American confluence, the De Tomaso Pantera was the brainchild of Alejandro De Tomaso. An Argentinian by birth, he founded De Tomaso Automobili and started knocking out some awe-inspiring sports cars that are collectibles today. The Pantera, Italian for panther, is arguably the most famous De Tomaso. Over 7,000 were produced between 1971 and 1992, and three-quarters ended up in the United States. This 1985 De Tomaso Pantera GT5 is your chance to own one of these beautiful brutes that will keep you entertained no matter what kind of drive you choose to take in it. It's for sale by its original owner too.
Styled by Tom Tjaarda, the Pantera's hunkered-down stance, this 1985 De Tomaso Pantera GT5 looks absolutely like nothing else in its Medium Garnett Red paintwork, which is said to be a repaint. Low to the ground and sporting a rakish spoiler, it's only accentuated by the gleaming Gotty optional alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires. The current owner reports that the entire car has been ceramic coated. Everything looks stunning, from the badges to the lights, and yes, it has pop-up headlamps. The interior of this 1985 De Tomaso Pantera GT5 is a similarly dramatic affair. It can accommodate just two people and features a beige color theme. You'll appreciate the plush nature of the seats, door cards, and leather-trimmed dash, all hallmarks of the Eighties. The dash also features wood trim and some lovely analog gauges by Veglia. There's a beautiful gated manual transmission to row through the gears with. Your feet will operate drilled metal pedals while your hands grip the sporty steering wheel with the De Tomaso crest in the center. This Pantera also has climate control, an aftermarket stereo, and upgraded speakers.
This 1985 De Tomaso Pantera GT5 has reportedly received an engine upgrade in 1989 and has a stroked 351ci Cleveland motor powering it. Outputs when new would have been around 345hp and 333lb-ft. A five-speed gated manual sends power to the rear wheels. All round disc brakes help reign in the panther when the time to do so arrives.
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