1972 DeTomaso Pantera

Moved On

This 1972 DeTomaso Pantera was sold new in California where it was acquired by the prior owner in 1992 and relocated to Texas the following year.

It is powered by a 351 cubic inch Ford V-8, mated to a ZF 5-speed manual transaxle. The V-8 runs perfectly, with an updated Holley 4160 carburetor and manifold, performance headers, and a Mallory Unilite distributor.

Maintenance by the prior owner included new exhaust manifold gaskets and a fuel filter in addition to a cleaning and adjustment of the carburetor and ignition timing. The Pantera was serviced just prior to its 2018 purchase, at which time the radiator was replaced and its fans were rebuilt.   Upon its return to California, it was sent to the premier Pantera specialist in Northern California, Victory Automotive Machine of Campbell, CA.  Victory changed the spark plugs, drained old gas, rebuilt the carburetor, replaced aged fuel and coolant lines, hoses and filters, as well as belts.  The starter was also replaced,  as were upper and lower ball joints, steering rack bushings and rack boots.  In total, almost $5,000 was spent in September, 2019 to sort the vehicle to its current condition.  Additional work performed during prior ownership included a new A/C compressor and receiver/drier and refinished Campagnolo wheels. The factory A/C remains on an R12 system and was refreshed by the prior owner with a new Sanden compressor, receiver/drier, and hoses.

Originally finished in Medium Green, the body was repainted in the Ferrari shade of Corsa Red by a previous owner in 1990. The work reportedly involved removing the glass and trim. Vents have been installed in the hood, and a pair of Vitaloni electrically-adjustable mirrors were added.

Campagnolo wheels were bead blasted and repainted by the prior owner, and their condition is shown in the gallery. Braided steel brake hoses have been added, and the brake caliper pistons were reported to have been recently cleaned, inspected, and re-greased during prior ownership. A set of Ansa exhaust tips have been installed out back.

Inside, a LeCarra four-spoke steering wheel and older Alpine cassette stereo have been added. Chrome-wrapped Veglia instrumentation is retained, and the shifter and gate were replaced with NOS (new old stock) items. Polyurethane front control arm bushings were fitted, and a set of rear bushings are included in the sale.

This amazing Pantera is being offered with detailed records dating back to 1990 and a clean Texas title.

Marti Report is shown in the gallery, detailing this Pantera’s heritage.

Pre-purchase inspections are welcome, as are requests by serious buyers for maintenance records. Requests made which do not include a phone number cannot be answered.

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