1973 DeTomaso Pantera Group 4 Targa Conversion

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The Pantera is the combination of beautiful 1970s-era Italian styling and a wicked American V8 soundtrack, wrapped up in a mid-engined chassis. Even the name is awesome.The Pantera was launched at the May 1970 Geneva Salon, with a pressed steel chassis, unlike its predecessor’s, the Mangusta (‘mongoose’ in Italian), tube frame.

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One of the first Italian supercars, De Tomaso and Ford worked together in collaboration using American V8 muscle supplied directly to the Italian factory. Very easy and cheap to work on, compared to its Lamborghini or Ferrari counterparts. Arguably the most beautiful car (except possibly the Miura) from this classic era.

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Absolutely immaculate following an 18 month rotisserie restoration by master craftsmen. Every panel has been stripped back to bare metal & meticulously restored. Receipts available for every cent spent on this restoration project !

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The virtually new 351 Cleveland V8 engine delivers a commendable 400hp (Dyno chart available) & capable of so much more with tweaking. Drives effortlessly, with brand new quad core aluminium Fluidyne radiator, twin 14″ sucker fans and stainless steel cooling system. Brand new Quickfuel SS680 carb, Edelbrock intake manifold & heads, performance headers & exhaust system from Pantera International Motorsports.

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Paired to a near new 5-speed ZF transaxle gearbox, with literally dozens of hours of polishing to bring the entire engine bay up to a mirror finish. With no less than 15 coats of paint from primers to top lacquers, this classic supercar is presented in metallic ‘Chrome Orange’ from the Lotus stable.

Only the interior now to be retouched with a new owner’s preference of leather & stitching finishes. Everything works and we’re still gently running in the virtually brand new engine.

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