Produced by De Tomaso Automobili (later as the De Tomaso Modena), the Pantera (panther, in Italian) rolled out in 1971 soon after production of the earlier made De Tomaso Mangusta ended.
Under the hood was a Ford approved 5.8 litre 351 Cleveland V8 engine (from the Ford 335 family of engines), while the body was designed by Italian design house Ghia whose Tom Tjaarda provided the correct low wedge-shaped body. A deal was also stuck so that Ford would sell the Pantera’s in USA. Over 6000 were produced during the years 1971-1973 after which the 1973 oil crisis flared. The factory thereafter considerably reduced the number of cars and the final car rolled out in 1992.
A car sponsored jointly by the Belgian Claude Dubois Team and the Ecuador Marlboro Team participated in the 1975 Le Mans edition. Swiss driver Pierre Rubens and Italian Paolo Bozzetto drove this car under the GTS category.
This metal model is an exact replica of the same.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Opening bonnet and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||12 x 6 x 7|
|Theme||Racing - F1 / GP|