We dream of finding a voluptuous Italian Supercar parked in an old barn, but even if we did find one, we probably wouldn’t even be able to afford rebuilding the engine. That is unless we found a DeTomaso Pantera, which is powered by a Ford V8. This ’72 Pantera was recently found hiding in a barn, where it had been for the past 10 years. This Panther can be found in Roseburg, Oregon or here on eBay.
The Ford 351 cui V8 gave the Pantera plenty of power, but was still reliable and easy to work on. The Cleveland V8 was strapped to a ZF transaxle, the same unit found in the Maserati Bora. For ’72, DeTomaso had to detune the Cleveland to meet emission standards, but still put out about 250 hp. This combination gave the car decent performance, but the ZF transaxle was known to be a bit noisy.
The interior of the Pantera isn’t as refined as other high end Italians, but it’s surprisingly well put together for a small manufacturer. The overall fit and finish of the Pantera wasn’t the best and rust can be an issue. This car has been parked for the past ten years, so it is likely to have rust issues. We would be sure to look this one over closely.
This car looks to be a decent starting point for a project, but the starting bid of $20,000 seems a bit too high to us. These cars are going up in value, but if this one needs a lot of work, restoration costs could easily exceed the value of the car. Do you think this Panther is worth it, or is it overpriced?