The DeTomaso Pantera is known for being a wicked fast Italian supercar with an American heart, but it was also so unreliable that Elvis Presley reportedly put a few rounds from his pistol into a Pantera for not starting. Today’s example might not have been owned (or wounded) by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but it could be a steal if you play your cards right. Find this 1974 DeTomaso Pantera Kit Car (thanks to update from commenters) listed for “best offer” located in Reno, NV via craigslist. Tip from Darin.
The Pantera (Italian for Panther) was designed by Tom Tjaarda (notable
for penning the VW Karmann Ghia, Ferrari 365 GT California, Fiat 124
Spider, Ford Maverick, 82′ Chrysler LeBaron, etc) and built in Italy from 1971 through 1990.
Powering this dusty example is a 351 Cleveland V8 making 266 horsepower mated to a 5-speed manual ZF transaxle. I spy with my little eye a box of valves ‘n’ springs, so I’m guessing this V8 will need some attention, but the good news is it won’t break the bank.
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