- Chassis ZDT874000HA009506
- The ultimate and most desirable Pantera variant
- One of just 136 cars produced
- Exquisite condition throughout
- European registered
The De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S
Styled by Tom Tjaarda at Carrozzeria Ghia, the stunning Pantera bodywork was in fact built by Vignale, both companies being part of De Tomaso’s empire in the early 1970s. De Tomaso’s longstanding relationship with the Ford Motor Company led to an arrangement whereby the Pantera was distributed through select Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in the USA, where a lower compression, 248bhp Cleveland motor (meeting stricter emissions regulations) was introduced for 1972. The 1974 energy crisis led to a parting of the ways between Ford and De Tomaso, who continued to sell the Pantera in Europe.
The first major revision of the Pantera’s body style occurred in 1980 with the introduction of the GT5 which, with its deep front air dam and delta-wing rear spoiler, represented one of the earliest examples of these aerodynamic devices being applied to passenger car design. Introduced for 1985, the GT5-S incorporated further revisions to the bodywork while its interior was significantly upgraded, rivalling that of many a luxury limousine. With the supply of Cleveland engines running out, De Tomaso switched to the less powerful Ford Windsor V8, at first in 351ci (5.7 litres) form and then 302ci (5.0 litres).
Chassis ZDT874000HA009506. Engine 351W/7489. This example was supplied new to the Italian market on the 24th of May 1990 and is one of just 136 cars produced by the factory, shortly before it went into bankruptcy as everyone knows. Finished in black with black hide to the interior, ZDT874000HA009506 was shown at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show as per the factory records which come with the dossier. It was as in recent years acquired by the current owner who made very little use of it such as the previous owners. The odometer reads 8,200 KM which is beleived to be very accurate considering the pristine overall condition of the car. This stunning example is ready to go and would be a great addition to any significant Italian sports cars collection.