The Pantera has never been a car that’s garnered much respect from the exotic car crowd. With its Italian body and American heart, many of the super car purists simply looked upon it as an automobile with an identity crises. However, there are those of us who view these mechanical melting pots as some of the coolest high performance cars ever created. Designed by U.S. born designer Tom Tjaarda and built by De Tomaso over in Italy, the Pantera was outfitted with a 5.8-liter 351 cu in Cleveland V8 from Ford that produced 330 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This equated to a 0-60 mph time of around 5.5 seconds and a top speed of just under 160 mph. Pretty impressive numbers for 39 years ago. Keep in mind however that those numbers are for a stock 1971 Pantera and that the one you are viewing here is anything but.
This is a 1971 Pantera Group IV Racer and from a visual standpoint the car is simply stunning. As with most race cars, this Pantera has been completely stripped of any type of creature comforts and offers only what a driver needs to be competitive on the racetrack. The body for instance has been stripped of its under coating then acid-dipped to reduced weight. The hood is made of hand formed aluminum and the windows of lexan which has aided in getting the car down to a mere 2400 lbs.
The engine is a prepared 4-bolt maincap 351C block, with massaged Yates Nascar heads and matching Roush manifold that’s capped with a 4150 Holley carburetor and was dyno’d at 650 hp. The car also features a TIG-welded 4130 tube roll cage, Brembo brakes, adjustable coil-over suspension, on-board fire suppression system and a Canton wet sump oiling system with external cooler.
According to the eBay ad this car has been run at Road America, Watkins Glen, Limerock Raceway, Charlotte and Pocono Raceway where it was clocked on radar at a whopping 206 mph. This car is obviously not for the faint of heart and should be put in the hands of experienced drivers. However if you have the means and want one of the coolest vintage race cars I’ve ever seen, then check out the full eBay ad and have fun bidding.