Malaise Mercury: 1974 DeTomaso Pantera 12.5K Survivor – Sold?

by | Feb 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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March 18, 2024, Update – While this “ClassiFIND” expired recently, given the seller’s history, we suspect it may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

February 15, 2024 Update – The seller of this survivor quality ’74 DeTomaso Pantera replaced the first Craigslist ad we are aware of with a fresh listing.  The description, pictures, and firm asking price all carry over.

The 1970s were not all doom and gloom in the automotive world.  The 1970s did in fact have its bright moments of great automotive design and high performance. Most notably, the mid-engine, high-performance supercar concept grew with enthusiasts. No country seemed to embrace the supercar market niche more than the Italians, as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati each developed several high-performance supercars with futuristic styling that has endured the test of time nearly sixty years later.

A lesser-known boutique Italian supercar manufacturer was DeTomaso.  Also based in Ferrari’s hometown of Modena, after launching the concept car in the spring of 1970, De Tomaso sold the sales and distribution rights to Ford.  Powered by a 330 horsepower 351 cubic inch Ford V8 mated to a ZF-sourced five-speed transaxle, Ford elected to sell the mide-engine Pantera sports car through its more upscale Lincoln-Mercury dealer network. While Ford elected to end the partnership in 1975, De Tomaso continued producing Panteras through 1992.

De Tomaso offered several versions of the Pantera, a base model and an upscale GTS featuring higher performance.  The seller of this Red Over Black 1974 DeTomaso Pantera For Sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Glastonbury, Connecticut in January 2024, does not indicate which model their Supercar is. With only 12,500 miles, however, this DeTomaso Pantera for sale is reported to be an extremely low mileage example that, in the seller’s words, has “never apart or modified , this is a true rare survivor in incredible condition.” The seller also notes their Pantera features factory air conditioning and power windows.

Last offered for a firm and non-negotiable $105,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all base model DeTomaso Panteras produced between 1971 and 1974.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $90,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $130,000 for a typical base model.

The 1974 De Tomaso Pantera is a classic Italian-American sports car that represents the fusion of Italian design and American power. Designed by the legendary Tom Tjaarda and powered by a Ford engine, the Pantera is a striking example of automotive craftsmanship. In this detailed technical description, we’ll delve into various aspects of the 1974 Pantera, including its design, engine specifications, performance features, and notable innovations.

The Pantera’s design is a testament to Italian styling sensibilities. Its sleek, low-slung profile is characterized by sharp lines, a wedge-shaped silhouette, and pop-up headlights that add to its aggressive stance. The body is crafted from steel, providing a sturdy foundation, while features like the gull-wing doors and prominent wheel arches contribute to the car’s distinctive aesthetic.

At the heart of the 1974 Pantera is a robust powerplant sourced from Ford. The mid-mounted engine is a 5.8-liter Cleveland V8, delivering a potent combination of power and performance. This engine was capable of producing approximately 310 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, providing the Pantera with exhilarating acceleration and a top speed that could rival its contemporaries.

To harness the power generated by the V8 engine, the Pantera was equipped with a ZF transaxle. This transaxle system, unique for its time, distributed the weight evenly between the front and rear axles, contributing to the car’s balanced handling. The transmission was a 5-speed manual, allowing drivers precise control over gear selection and enhancing the overall driving experience.

The Pantera featured a robust chassis constructed from a steel monocoque frame. This design choice contributed to the car’s structural integrity and overall stability. The suspension system utilized independent A-arms at the front and rear, paired with coil springs and anti-roll bars. This combination provided a good balance between comfort and responsive handling, making the Pantera suitable for both spirited driving and everyday use.

Braking on the 1974 Pantera was handled by a set of power-assisted four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. This advanced braking system provided reliable stopping power, even at high speeds. The ventilated discs helped dissipate heat efficiently, ensuring consistent performance during spirited driving sessions.

Inside the cockpit, the Pantera offered a driver-centric layout with a focus on performance and luxury. The cabin featured leather upholstery, bucket seats, and a sporty steering wheel. The dashboard was adorned with a comprehensive set of gauges, providing the driver with essential information about the car’s performance. Creature comforts such as air conditioning and power windows were also available, adding a touch of refinement to the driving experience.

One of the notable innovations of the Pantera was its integration of Italian design with American power. The collaboration between De Tomaso and Ford resulted in a car that not only appealed to enthusiasts but also showcased the potential of international automotive partnerships. The Pantera bridged the gap between European styling and American muscle, influencing subsequent generations of sports cars.

The 1974 De Tomaso Pantera stands as a classic example of automotive engineering, blending Italian flair with American muscle. Its striking design, powerful engine, and innovative features make it a timeless icon in the world of sports cars. The Pantera’s legacy endures, and its influence can be seen in the design language of modern performance vehicles.

The Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube Channel provides this excellent history about the DeTomaso Pantera by noted marque expert Michael Drew:

With only 12,500 original miles, this red 1974 DeTomaso Pantera for sale may be the most original, non-modified example we’ve come across to date.  Unfortantely, the seller’s ad only provides several exterior pictures, so we would want to see many more photgraphs or at least see the car in person to confirm its originality and provenance before investing money its purchase.

If you are serious about buying this Pantera and are amenable with the seller’s non-negotiable firm price, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Malaise Era Mercury Supercar featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1974 DeTomaso Pantera, 12,500 miles, original paint, interior, drivetrain, never apart or modified , this is a true rare survivor in incredible condition. Factory, air-conditioning and power windows. Price is firm and nonnegotiable. If you can read this ad, it is still available. Thx.

Show or go: What would you do with this survivor quality 1974 DeTomaso Pantera for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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