The Italian De Tomaso produced vehicles up until 1992 from the early 1970s. The 1973 DeTomaso Pantera served as one of the very first vehicles constructed by the company. The vehicle model itself was the most popular one sold by De Tomaso, as it sold over 7.000 units over the course of two decades.
While Italian, the 1973 DeTomaso Pantera used many American based parts, including the engine. it features a 5.8 L Ford 351 Cleveland V8 engine. In fact, throughout the entire duration of the Pantera’s 20 year run, it used some variation of a Ford V8 engine. The vehicle itself could produce 330 horsepower, which remained the same up until the 1980s, when the vehicle changed to a slightly different Ford Engine. It topped off at speeds reaching 159 miles per hour.
The 1973 DeTomaso Pantera used a very narrow hood, coming to a point at the front and it used the popular flip-up lights in order to make the vehicle more aero dynamic. The couple did have a small back seat, although it was mostly used as a sports coupe. During peak production, De Tomaso, which built all models by hand, could churn out three per day.