1974 De Tomaso Other Cleveland 351 V-8
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The DeTomaso Pantera was produced by the DeTomaso car company in Italy from 1971-1974. During this two-decade production run, there were 7,000 units built. The Pantera was designed by, Ghia, and replaced the Mangusta model. Ghia stylist Tom Tjaarda styled the new supercar, and Giam Paolo Dallara was engaged for chassis and production design. The Pantera is a true supercar and is considered one of the finest ever produced.
Ford was in need of a sports car to compete directly with the Chevy Corvette and import automobiles like Ferrari. Before Ford became involved with DeTomaso and the Pantera they had tried and failed to buy Ferrari. This new relationship gave Lee Iacocca and Ford a mid-engine sports car.
Ford imported a little over 1,000 Pantera’s for the 1971 model year. The Pantera’s were built with Ford’s ” Cleveland” 351 V-8’s . The cars were placed on display and sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealers. Ford sold about 5,500 units before they ceased importation at the end of 1974. At that point, DeTomaso took over the Pantera project himself and production continued for markets other that the U.S.
Three years after the model’s introduction, by 1974, several improvements had been made to the Pantera but none was as essential than the addition of Ford’s 351 Cleveland V-8 engine with four-bolt mains, a higher-performance cam and reduced compression to comply with U.S. emission standards.
The stunning example presented here was one of the last built in ’74. It’s been extremely well preserved with only 11,500 miles. It retains almost all of its original paint, interior, and drivetrain and looks almost as good as it did back in that day in July ’74 when it rolled off the assembly line. Truly, one of the finest Pantera’s available on the market today.