The De Tomaso Pantera (Italian for Panther) was a Tom Tjaarda (notable for penning the VW Karmann Ghia, Ferrari 365 GT California, Fiat 124 Spider, Ford Maverick, 82′ Chrysler LeBaron, etc) designed coupe that used a mid engine mounted Ford 351 Cleveland V8 to push around its Italian built body. The most famous Pantera is clearly the one that Elvis put a few rounds into after it wouldn’t start, but the strangest looking award goes to this convertiblized Pantera. Find this 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Convertible for sale in Encinitas, CA for $32,000 via craigslist.
Turning a good looking coupe into
a convertible an open top roadster (no canvas top means it can’t be converted into anything) with a sawzall isn’t as easy as it sounds and the hardest part is properly finishing off the windshield surround and rear deck area.
The Pantera is powered by a 5.8 liter Ford sourced V8 that was rated for 330 horsepower, but actually puts out closer to 380 horsepower. All Panteras were shipped with a manual ZF-sourced 5-speed transaxle and this is one of the 5,500 examples exported to the US. Current fixed roof Panteras are trading for $40k+, so is this one so strange looking it needs a discount to sell?
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