Bold Styling: Ringbrothers ADRNLN Pantera
Ever step into an old house, only to find that the inside is modern and full of stainless steel surfaces? The ADRNLN Pantera is sort of like that. Built by the careful hands of Mike and Jim Ring at Ringbrothers, the ADRNLN is based on a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera. Add a few vowels into the name and you’ll find out just what kind of rush this sports car is designed to give you. And beneath its one-off striking lines and 21st century flair, beats an adrenaline junkie’s heart.
Stuffed into the ADRNLN’s back pocket is a big Wegner Motorsports LS3 that churns out 600-horsepower to the rear wheels through a Bowler Performance five-speed gearbox. GM power in an old-school Ford might be a bit blasphemous, but when it looks this good – we don’t care.
Strip away all the performance mods and there’s a real heartfelt story beneath it as well. This Pantera was originally owned by Randy Brickle, who died of cancer before being able to finish the build. Randy’s wife, Cheryl, was the one who consigned Ringbrothers to polish the build off in his memory.
PHOTOS: See photos of the original De Tomaso Pantera
The design skunkworks at Nike stepped in to lend their talents to the interior work, and even made a pair of shoes to match. It's a far cry from the original interior, though there is still plenty of Pantera goodness to love, like the ZF gearbox which – like the original – is in a dogleg configuration. We’d call it a success.
PHOTOS: See more great rides from De Tomaso