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De Tomaso Pantera


De Tomaso Pantera

Thanks to Ford's funds, the Pantera saw light of day in 1969, and while Alexjandro de Tomaso owned the rights to sell it in Europe, Ford retained them in the USA. Unlike the Mangusta before it, the Pantera used a steel monocoque structure because it was to be sold through Ford dealerships and thus needed to be high volume, hence fast, in production. Double wishbones were mounted at each corner and remained for the car's life, as did Ford power. In 1982 the updated GT5 was launched, with wheel arch extensions allowing 10-inch (254mm) and 13-inch (330mm) wide wheels and massive Pirelli tyres, for better cornering. The mid-mounted Cleveland V8 (named after the plant where it was built) offered much scope in tuning, as did the later 5.0 HO V8, which had twin turbochargers bolted and mustered over 180mph (289km/h) in the Gandini-styled 450 of 1990.

De Tomaso Pantera Specifications

Top speed:165 mph (264 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.6 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:351 ci (5,763 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:350 bhp (261 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:333 lb ft (451 Nm) @ 3,800 rpm
Weight:3,219 lb (1,463 kg)
Economy:13.1 mpg (4.6 km/I)
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