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1973 Pantera L


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The Detomaso Pantera began production in 1971. The body was designed by Ghia, and the pressed steel unitary chassis by Giampaolo Dallara. The Pantera was equipped with double wishbone/coil spring suspension on all four corners, and radius rods at the rear. Powered by the Ford, 351 Cleveland engine mated to a five speed ZF transaxle, this Italian/American hybrid combined great styling and great performance.

In the second half of 1972, Detomaso launched the “L” model, the “L” standing for “Lusso”, meaning “luxury” in Italian. Among several changes, black impact bumpers were installed with shock absorbing pistons, and radiator baffles were revised to improve cooling.

In 1974, Ford terminated the Pantera program in the U.S due to ever-increasing safety and emissions restrictions. During that year, however, the Pantera GTS was produced. The GTS was mechanically the same as the “L”, excepting a Ford 4V Autolite carburetor. It had pop riveted fender flares, blacked out chrome, and other cosmetic changes distinguishing it from its predecessors.

In 1981, Popular Mechanics magazine conducted a test with 16 of the world’s most exotic cars. The cars were run on a 17 mile loop in Southern California, including country roads, freeways, stop and go traffic, dirt roads, and medium speed sweepers. They also took the cars to Ontario Motor Speedway for performance testing. At Ontario, they spent two days running acceleration, braking, skid pad, and slalom tests. The results? The Pantera was the overall winner, and by a wide margin. It was rated the most consistently excellent car in the test.

Phil Hill and Stirling Moss were two of the test drivers. Of the Pantera, Stirling Moss said:

“It really is a sharp looking machine and quite nicely appointed inside. I like the gated ZF five speed gearbox, and the engine really delivers a tremendous amount of torque. It’s a real boy- racer. The road holding is quite good, and the brakes are superb.”

Phil Hill said:

“The Pantera is very good when you’ve missed an apex through overindulgence, or in some other emergency. You can do little tricks with it you couldn’t do with a front engined car and actually cut yourself a new apex.”

Here are the test results. They speak for themselves.




This is a three owner Pantera. It has spent most of its life in California, before recently relocating to the Seattle, Washington area. It still has its original yellow paint with black interior. Both paint and interior are in good condition.

The Pantera is equipped 17 inch, original style, polished, Campagnolo magnesium wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires. It recently received new shocks, carburetor, and ignition system.

The car has 61,000 original miles on it. It is rust free, and accident free.

As time goes on, the Pantera becomes a better and better value. Compare the price of maintaining or rebuilding the Ford 351 vs. the Ferrari 512 BB engine, an Aston Martin, Lamborghini Countach, Maserati Merak, BMW M-1, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, etc. Consider also the reliability factor.

When looking for a Pantera, key issues to consider are rust, originality, and care. This car is rust free, quite original (the current wheels are 17 inch, vs. the original 15 inch wheels), and has been well cared for by its three owners.

The Pantera was among the very best of the super cars of its era, out performing cars costing nearly twice as much. It was then, and is even more so now, one of the best sports car values available for the true enthusiast.

Chassis Number: 4896
Engine Number: N/A


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