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
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