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Made To Drive | S10 E07

1972 De Tomaso Pantera: The Company Car Of Our V8 Dreams

Purchased on a work stipend, 20 years of ownership later, this Pantera is restored glory.
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cbell92129
cbell92129
4 years ago

I almost didn’t watch this video due to the scooter, which is ridiculous, what a GREAT video….Thank You for continuing to put out such amazing work for us to view…I look forward to them weekly.

Felix Trzetrzelewska
Felix Trzetrzelewska
4 years ago

I am just odl enough to remember seeing old Pantera catalogues in the back waiting areas of FLM dealerships when I was a wee lad. These have never appealed to me until a few years ago when I saw (thank you Jay Leno) what was possible. Since then I have really changed my mind about them. This one looks great (and I don’t even like red!). What a great story….another great film about those who love their cars, made for those who never need an explanation. Drive Tastefully!

Kelly Briffa
Kelly Briffa
4 years ago

I am in Windsor Ontario Canada. Where the *?! is that. Right across from Detroit City. The reasopn I mention it ios that I work at Ford where we produce the 5.0L. We had a benefit a couple of weeks ago and the guest of honor where 18 Panteras. Seeing so many in one spot was a real treat. The noise on the way out when they convoyed down the private road we are located at the plant was the bedt part of the day. Still They should have used the 351″ Windsor ” maybe a little bias here.

Lars Jönlid
Lars Jönlid
4 years ago

Great looking car, and a 351 Cleveland to boot !

Niels van Buuren
Niels van Buuren
4 years ago

Another flawless Tom Tjaarda design…

Alberto1962
Alberto1962
4 years ago

So nice this beautiful classic sports car and the spacy roads and lovely landscape. I drove a Pantera last year. The engine and “noise” so smooth. Unfortunately I am too tall and most of Swiss roads too small… When I am back in Sonoma Valley, visiting my relatives I would be ready for a Pantera ride!

Christopher
Christopher
4 years ago

Who did the music?

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis
4 years ago

mint condition. Great video-story. So practically is a USA-Italian car (ford motor/designed by an American), but surely has that Italian flair of the sports cars of the 70’s.

Mark
Mark
4 years ago

Now that’s the kind of Petrolicious story we like to hear! Power One!

Tom
Tom
4 years ago

Looks like Orange County CA back roads, so car stayed local?

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Given the marine layer of mist and low hanging clouds, the coastal oaks and conifers, and the little town we see from the air in the beginning, my guess is that he is within 20 miles of Rancho Carrillo. North of Palomar. Somewhere down there, and at a little bit of altitude. Lovely spot. Maybe the producer can enlighten us.

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

California countryside looks very special

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

The Pantera Restoration shop Full Throttle Pantera is in Lake Elsinore. And this looks like the shop where they started. Not far from Rancho Carrillo. So yes, this is almost certainly the venue for the filming. And it is a lovely place for a car of this type.

dzimma
dzimma
4 years ago

Way to keep it in the family, Gary! Gotta love the father/son(s) angle that is a great part of the story… if not its backbone.

Tom J
Tom J
4 years ago

I know this car and the owner. This is one of the most outstanding and meticulously maintained Pantera’s in the LA area. The sound this car makes is the ultimate in performance car noise. The cam gives it an engine lope that is just awesome. Outstanding vehicle.

wing nut
wing nut
4 years ago

This is the best looking {read: cleanest} version of this car IMHO and as Mr. Gonclaves noted the owner even went as far as removing the wipers to make the car even cleaner/slicker. The small European “bumperettes” add to this car’s appearance too. Having owned a GT 40 I can attest to the statement made by the owner that the two cars share DNA. Pantera values certainly have gone up but not quite to the level of a Dino 246 which is mentioned in the film. This is a very cool car to own and drive but if you’ve got wide feet the pedal box may not be for you.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago
Reply to  wing nut

The Italian dimensions on the pedal box were a concern at the Lincoln Mercury Division at the time. Management was worried about the Division’s liability. Lincoln Mercury had never sold a car like this, and for their customers the pedal spacing was an invitation to mistake the accelerator for the brake. Marketing at Lincoln Mercury knew one thing with surety, and that was that the typical customer for the marque knew almost nothing about how to handle a car with the potential of a the Pantera. While the introduction of the Pantera refreshed a marque that had become a little stale, with a product in a quite vibrant market sector, a lot of people at L-M were not happy about the car at the time. It was an odd marriage and not an enduring one.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago
Reply to  wing nut

The point I was trying to make here, (see below), is the simple one that cars we love, like the Pantera, often emerge not so much as the product of careful brand management, as they do, despite the best efforts of brand managers to kill them. Given the attrition rate of these kind of projects, the car has to be really good to survive the institutional opposition to innovation at this level. When these cars do percolate to the top and actually get ‘green lit’ for production they have already received enormous scrutiny. The engineers and designers have to believe deeply in these projects in order to get them into production. The combination of the two makes these cars as extraordinary as they are rare.

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
4 years ago

Nice!

Two things that stood out in this video – the Mangusta behind him and the fact that the windshield wipers on the Pantera are gone 🙂

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago

I notice the missing wipers too. Hard core.

Matt Kav
Matt Kav
4 years ago

Awesome. Just awesome.