De Tomaso, a name that is obscure in the general motoring world, but to the ones who dare to step into the world of rare limited-production automobiles, is a treat and worthwhile investment. The De Tomaso Automobil is an Italian sports car-manufacturing company founded in 1959 by Argentinian founder Alejandro De Tomaso. De Tomaso’s first venture was in the form of the De Tomaso Vallelunga a mid-engined sports car produced in 1964. With the success of the Vallelunga and the Ford powered Mangusta, De Tomaso went on to build arguably their most popular car the De Tomaso Pantera in 1971. Elvis Presley owned a Pantera. This is a 1974 De Tomaso Pantera Coupe from Pennsylvania, in exquisite condition, and with just 35,997 miles on the clock. The vehicle is reportedly garage kept, with all maintenance said to be up to date. The original owner’s manual is available and laminated for added protection from the elements. A car cover is included with the sale as an added bonus. Furthermore, it is reported to be a numbers-matching car.
This 1974 De Tomaso Pantera Coupe is regaled in a brilliant white color which was repainted from its original blue ten years ago. The sides feature the “Pantera” wordings in black stencil. What made the Pantera stand out was De Tomaso’s first use of a steel monocoque chassis, which improved safety and reduced weight. The Pantera sits on a set of OEM De Tomaso alloys and wrapped in BF Goodrich radial T/A’s. The bumpers are OEM European bumpers with 1972 model bumperettes. The interior is fitted in complementing black leather, with all original fitments including the chrome-ringed dials and thin-rimmed steering wheel. A Sony radio cassette player from a slightly later era is installed too.
This 1974 De Tomaso Pantera Coupe is powered by a Ford built 5.8L 351ci Ford Cleveland V8 original motor. It is the same engine which was used in the Ford Mustang Mach 1 and the Ford Boss 351. This motor produces over 325hp and 344 lb ft of torque and is connected to the rear wheels through a gated five-speed manual transmission. The Autolite 4-barrel carburetor has been rebuilt and a new starter was added. The Pantera was rated to achieve a maximum speed of 159mph. The ventilated disc brakes have been rebuilt, assuring stopping power without compromise.
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