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De Tomaso Pantera
The Pantera followed the Mangusta into production after its launch at the New York Auto Show of 1970. De Tomaso had negotiated a collaboration with Ford USA that not only supplied the V8 engines, but also the Lincoln-Mercury dealers to sell the cars. Gianpaolo Dallara provided the pressed steel chassis and engineering to fit the Ford V8 and Tom Tjaarda designed the body. Ford provided the 5.7-litre Cleveland V8 engine, which gave 310bhp in detoxed Federal format and 330 bhp elsewhere. Predicted sales in the 'tens of thousands' failed to materialise because the design of the car had not considered impending Federal safety laws, and by 1975 it needed a complete redesign to comply. The 1973-74 Oil Crisis also hit sales, and perhaps as few as 5600 were sold. Even though America plugged the plug on the Pantera in 1975, It was marketed in the rest of the world until 1991, going onto Australian-sourced 5.0-litre Ford V8 engines. In 1991 The Pantera SI was launched, given a makeover by Marcello Gandini, but was only sold until 1993.
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De Tomaso Pantera GT5 - grille badge
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De Tomaso Pantera GT5 - rear badge
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De Tomaso Pantera GT5 - rear badge
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De Tomaso Pantera GT5.
De Tomaso Pantera GT5 front
De Tomaso Pantera GT5. Huge arches, air dams, scoop and the v-shaped rear wing were part of the GT5 re-style for 1980
De Tomaso Pantera GT5 rear
De Tomaso Pantera GT5. When the GT5 was launched in 1980, De Tomaso and Ford USA had already ended their collaboration (in 1974), but there were still 5763cc Ford V8 engines ready for use in the Pantera GT5.
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De Tomaso Pantera GT5. The GT5 was a re-style of the original Pantera with air dams, massive arches and an optional rear wing and was introduced in 1980.
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De Tomaso Pantera GTS. Powered by a 5763cc Ford V8, the Pantera was fast inspite of its rather lazy engine.
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De Tomaso Pantera GT5 - rear wing which was optional from 1980
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De Tomaso Pantera GT5 - front wheel. The huge arches were part of the 1980 GT5 re-style
Designer: Tom Tjaarda
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
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