This Stunning De Tomaso Pantera Has Only 785 Miles to its Name
The De Tomaso Pantera is one of those cars that turns heads even when it's in sorry shape. On occasion, you'll see folks less familiar with automotive history get excited when they see one and incorrectly identify it as a Lamborghini or Ferrari. You can't blame them either, the Ghia body work is very similar to what you'd find on the more famous Italian autos of the same era. However, when you pop the hood of this Pantera GTS America that's up for sale on eBay, you won't find an Italian built V10 or V12, but a more appropriate Ford 351 Cleveland V8. RELATED: See Photos of the 1974 De Tomaso Pantera
This car enjoys status as a very rare ride, just one of 133 built for the United States, and the lowest mileage example known with just 785 miles on the clock. Inside and out, the condition of the car appears to be immaculate, and I bet it smells amazing inside the car. If you wanted to travel back to 1974, throw on some Levi's 505 jeans, a Sabbath Bloody Sabbath tee, and hop in this Pantera GTS America.
If sliding into the low-slung drivers seat, grabbing hold of that three spoke Ghia Ferrero steering wheel and operating the five-speed ZF manual transmission via the gated shifter doesn't sell you on the Pantera experience, then perhaps the sound it makes will. The burbling of the American V8 paired with the extreme 1970s Ghia styling is a match made in heaven. If you don't agree, you may want to look somewhere else because this GTS had the radio delete option box ticked.
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Making this car even more special, are the many U.S. only options that were approved by Ford for this year. The pop riveted fiberglass fender flares, "Power by Ford" badge on the rear decklip, and removal of all De Tomaso badging set the GTS America apart from its foreign counterparts.
Those 15-inch Campagnolo Magnesium sport wheels look perfect wearing Goodyear Arriva tires with raised lettering, and the stickers are still affixed to each hub. All chrome trim was blacked out to match GTS' black hood, trunk and lower body accents. Basically, the GTS America is a much more badass version of the already badass Pantera GTS. With four owners having put those 785 miles on it over the course of 42 years, this is one De Tomaso Pantera that will be turning heads for years to come, even if it were covered in dust and dirt.
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