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Among Exotics in Denmark, A Pantera Makes Practical Sense

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
January 14, 2014
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Owner: Heine Hansen

Age: 43

Location: Denmark

Year, Make, and Model: 1971 DeTomaso Pantera

Photographers: Heine Hansen, Jack Høier Photography and bilfoto.dk

Mr. Heine Hansen bought his first car in 1988. Since then, he’s owned close to a hundred cars—Mercedes, VWs, Porsches. He fell in love with cars, like many of us, due to his dad. And although his father was an Anglophile, Heine’s main interest is American cars. He’s been restoring cars for years now and his current projects include a 1963 Mercury Marauder S55 and a ’71 Checker Marathon NYC Taxi. But lately, he’s been getting much more into impractical exotics (like the aforementioned Porsches), which makes life difficult as they tend to cost more and require more maintenance.

But it was a fateful ride in a friend’s DeTomaso Pantera that brings us here today. When they met, Heine was driving a 1974 Porsche 911 that he’d imported to Denmark from San Francisco, California. Much like Mr. Ernest Broekstra and his DAF 66 Marathon, Heine sold his Neunelfer and began searching for a good rust-free Pantera after coming into contact with the new temptation.

He finally located a ’73 L model in a Southern California Pantera shop that a local friend was able to inspect. Unfortunately, his friend Steve didn’t like what he saw, but a white 1971 pre-L in much better shape arrived the same day and Heine bought it after a week of hard bargaining.

His friend Steve, who conveniently owns a restoration shop, took the car after purchase and went through the whole car, re-spraying the white DeTomaso in candy red, re-chroming it and replacing wheels, suspension and interior. It was shipped on New Year’s Day and seven weeks later, Heine’s Pantera arrived.

Most of all he enjoys driving the car through the countryside on winding roads. And unsurprisingly, Heine doesn’t really like driving it in the city as it’s wide, and the steering is very heavy, “but you forget all about that when you take it outside the city limits. The raw power and torque from the American V8 is awesome. Driving 80 kmh in fifth gear and then shifting down two gears makes your heart stop for a second! The torque is outrageous. And the sound from the exhausts is fantastic. No need for a stereo in a car like this!”

He initially selected this Pantera because it was so rust free, well kept and original, with only 32,000 miles on the odometer. But besides the torque’s rush, styling and DeTomaso’s history, Heine also loves the practical aspect: it is faster then a comparably priced Ferrari or similar car from that era, but for less money. And an American powertrain means it’s especially cheap to maintain compared to a Ferrari or Lamborghini. So you see, this Pantera is actually a practical choice.

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Peter J Smith
Peter J Smith

The Pantera is a beautiful car, that deserves a much better engine than the 351. A horrible excuse for a performance engine. I would love to see one with a 5.0L Coyote, or, 5.2L Voodoo swapped in. An engine that actually breathes, and, revs PROPERLY.

Nick Biangel
Nick Biangel

Since I was 14 years old that I saw the first Pantera in the show room of a Lincoln/Mercury dealer, the Pantera has always been a dream car for me. Congratulations and enjoy your ride.

Patrick Mussotte
Patrick Mussotte

Mr Hansen a “Petrolicious style” video would be great ;). Anyway, congratulations to you, happy owner of this beast!

Heine Carnut Hansen
Heine Carnut Hansen

Thank You for the nice comment about my car. Petrolicious did good and represented it good.

Regarding the girl in the car, it’s from a shoot with a photgrapher here in Denmark – Jack Høier.

There’s more here: http://www.carnut.dk/category/fotoshoots/

Ben Lamboeuf
Ben Lamboeuf

Outstanding. About the wheels, there’s a process (forgot the name), where you can knock down the sharpness of the modern billet wheel in order to give it a more ‘vintage’ vibe. That would work for me…

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

I have always been a big fan of the old hybrids back in the day when it meant something different then it does today.. You take a european chassis and stuff it with a american engine. I know it seems crazy or out of place but its a idea that sometimes just works. You get the great beauty and handling the europeans can deliver but you get a powerful, reliable, easy to fix and maintain american engine. This Pantera is no exception i really do love it.sleek lines..american exhaust note..sign me up..not to mention something different then the usual ferrari… Read more »

Ib Erik Soderblom
Ib Erik Soderblom

Congrat’s Heine 🙂

Great pictures, but up close, it’s even more beautiful.
And the sound is awsome!

Gonzalo
Gonzalo

beautful car and as I see in the first picture, also beautiful woman

Raman Dooman
Raman Dooman

I initially thought the same thing.. who is the gorgeous woman driving this beast of a car.

Bohemianracer
Bohemianracer

Funny, how us lovers of great cars also appreciate the essence of beautiful women.Thanks Heine for sharing both with us fans of this great sight.

Johnny B
Johnny B

Compliments Heine, from a fellow countryman.

Diego Carrozza
Diego Carrozza

I always like the mix between Italian Design and American Power.
But I don´t like these wheels and rims. Those aren´t the original ones.