De Tomaso Pantera
Alejandro De Tomaso built his first road car, the four-cylinder, mid-engine Vallelunga in 1963. Subsequent models included the 1966 to 1971 Mangusta and the 1971 to 1991 Pantera, both powered by mid-mounted, high performance Ford V-8 engines.
The body of the Pantera was designed by American Tom Tjaarda and built by Ghia in Italy. Although its mid-engine, exotic looks, and excellent performance qualify it for supercar status, the De Tomaso Pantera cost less than comparable Ferrari or Lamborghini and a large number were sold through Lincoln-Mercury dealers from 1971-1975.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan and in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Source: Peterson Automotive Museum and RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal