Monday, August 10, 2009

An Eye Candy Post - 1974 DeTomaso Pantera

1974 DeTomaso Pantera - I write the Monday post on Sunday. It's usually the easiest one to write. It seems like Sunday is the day when many people list their cars on eBay or Craigslist. I quickly scanned eBay tonight and saw a number of cars I could write about (and may write about in the coming days). Then I saw this Pantera. It's apparently been on eBay for a week or so as there are only a couple of days left in the auction, but I didn't spot it until tonight. I don't know how I missed it...

In the world of supercars, there have been quicker cars. There have been better handling cars. There have been more comfortable cars. There have certainly been more reliable cars. But, I don't know that there has ever been a sexier car than the Pantera. (It could be argued that its predecessor, the Mangusta, was even better looking than the Pantera, but there were so few built, you rarely see them.)

There was one in the neighborhood where I grew up. I was a kid, and I remember being in awe the first time I saw it and heard it. I spent the next year drawing Panteras on my notebook. (Although anyone who saw the drawings probably thought it was a Checker Cab or something, as I have no artistic ability whatsoever. It didn't matter, I knew what it was.) The car looked great from every angle.

The DeTomaso / Iacocca / Ford connection is well known. There are a few good sites below that can fill in the details better than I can. This is a post for the eyes

Design-wise, the only place the Pantera fell short was in the interior. Not that it's a bad place to be, all the right gauges are there along with a gated shifter and some nice Italian switches, it's just that its design looks old now (which it is). The flat dash, the afterthought radio placement and a clock that's a mile away from the driver makes you realize that this is an early seventies car. It certainly gives the car (more) character, though.

Some cars look great in silver, others don't. This is one of the former. That's what made this car jump out at me. I'd love to have it in my garage. (Hell, I might put it in the living room, just so I could look at it all day.)

The car on eBay is a well cared for 20,000 mile Pantera. There are some great pictures of the car in the listing. Click here to see the listing.

The DeTomaso Internet Community is a really good site with all sorts of info about this and other DeTomaso cars. Find it here.

The Pantera Owners Club of America is another great site to check out. You can find their website here.


1 comment:

Carmena said...

As the other woman of a Pantera owner, I have to say it is nice to always know where your husband is....always with the first lady in his life!!!! His 1974 DeTomaso Pantera.