1973 DeTomaso Pantera

Available for auction is this 1973 DeTomaso Pantera finished in red over a black interior. Introduced in March of 1970, the Pantera is an Italian-built mid-engined sports car that would go on to see a 22-year production run during which approximately 7,200 examples were built. It features a steel monocoque chassis, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and ZF manual transaxle. Said to be a lifelong California car, this 1973 example has undergone a complete engine and transmission rebuild and is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Virginia.

Styled by Italian design firm Carrozzeria Ghia, the Pantera features pop-up headlights, front and rear cargo compartments, and a quad-exit exhaust with chrome finishers. This 1973 model wears a red finish and is said to exhibit signs of wear consistent with the car's age. It rides on a set of Campagnolo wheels with DeTomaso logo centers, detailed images can be found in the gallery.

The cabin features bucket seating upholstered in black cloth with leather trim. Amenities include air-conditioning, power windows, a gated shifter, a push-button AM/FM radio, and a suite of Veglia instrumentation including gauges for amperage, fuel level, coolant temperature, and oil pressure mounted in the center stack. The seller reports the seats have been refurbished and confirms that all gauges and accessories remain functional.

Power comes from a mid-mounted 351ci Ford V8 equipped with Weber carburetors with individual throttle bodies, driving the rear wheels by way of a 5-speed ZF manual transaxle. The seller states that the engine and transmission were rebuilt under previous ownership. Additional performance features include 4-wheel disc brakes, fully independent suspension, and rack and pinion steering.

This sale will include a clean title.

Auction Results

  • Highest Offer: No bids
  • Auction End: 2022-09-26 14:06:00+00:00
  • Number of Offers: 0
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Comments (21)

  • Synchromesh (registered bidder) 1 week, 6 daysago

    @prmnorton1 I can't until my CC is registered. I am quite interested though. Sorry, I haven't been tempted by anything on pcarmarket before so wasn't setup. If you lookup my winery under the same name you could shoot me an e mail there to answer. Happy to still complete through here.

  • 3a6aba 1 week, 6 daysago

    @prmnorton1 I don't think I can, probably same situation as Synchromesh.

  • prmnorton1 (seller) 1 week, 6 daysago

    If anyone has any further questions, they can direct message me through the deal tank section or through one of my other listings. Thank you.

  • prmnorton1 (seller) 1 week, 6 daysago

    @3a6aba dm me please

  • prmnorton1 (seller) 1 week, 6 daysago

    @Synchromesh dm me please

  • 3a6aba 1 week, 6 daysago

    Probably a car I should look at, new to this site, can't find your dealership online so maybe you can DM or give me more info. I'm pretty experienced with Panteras. I have some of the same questions as raised here of course. I think the 1 most obvious dangling braided line is from the overflow tank, just should probably be routed farther back, like behind the rear wheel. Neither of mine have ever puked coolant so may not realistically matter (though any puking of hot coolant onto hot headers would generate quite a scene I imagine, and doesn't make for good tire traction). Curious about engine rebuild details and especially ZF. Though engine frankly doesn't rly phase me, I would just prefer it at least drive back here and then some. I will have a spare built 351W soon anyway though not sure I want Webers as cool as they are, so the cut decklid is probably something I should think about. Looks to me from the pics to have some (probably a fair amount of) "fairly minor" cosmetic issues, but looks to be structurally sound. I have doubts that's really the factory paint job, though again, just online pics. It does have the Campagnolo probably 8" fronts and definitely some version of the (now pretty rare) 10" rear wheels, though sourcing matched, speed-rated tires in the 15" diameters seems to have become a problem in recent years. Has some definite pluses (wheels IMO, single pod dash IMO, no engine bay goo, arguably the probably Corvette C-4 seats, replacement brake/suspension components and such, gated shifter that's actually adjusted and works in the gate, rebuilds, structural integrity if so) and some minuses. Not very stock at all, but I care more about function over originality. I'm not that far from you, couple of hours. I will be traveling out of the country in under a week, for about a week, so . . . But the beauty of Panteras is, most Pantera owners love them because they can maintain them themselves, and it's a very cooperative, helpful, non-snobbish community that appreciates the lines of this Italian artform and loves the joy of a spirited drive powered by a 351C (usually) or a 351W.

  • Synchromesh (registered bidder) 1 week, 6 daysago

    @prmnorton1 The cutoff braided stainless line on the right side of the engine in pictures 94, 97 and 98, what is that from?

    It looks like there is dried up fuel leakage on the intake manifold visible in picture 99. is there any seepage while running or after shutdown?

    What is the current suspension on there, it looks like it maybe aftermarket Koni Red adjustables but I can't really tell. Do bushings look to be original or replaced in the suspension?


  • Synchromesh (registered bidder) 1 week, 6 daysago

    @prmnorton1 nevermind, my CC isn't registered yet so I'll have to ask here. Do you have any records for the engine build with specs or for the transmission overhaul. Wondering if the pinion was safety wired in the transmission and how extensive the engine build was.

  • Synchromesh (registered bidder) 1 week, 6 daysago

    @prmnorton1 thanks, I'm going to send you a DM, I have some other questions

  • prmnorton1 (seller) 1 week, 6 daysago

    @Synchromesh battery was low, just put a new one in, def no smoke or anything, we tuned the carbs runs and drives great, don’t have any tests , it hadn’t been starting a while and I went to start. It started right up. No problem it does need to be driven.

  • Synchromesh (registered bidder) 1 week, 6 daysago

    In the video it sounds like there is miss when first started and looks like a bit of smoke on your drive around. Could you provide any further details, leakdown and compression test?

  • delnthefarm 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $61,000

  • thegonz 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $60,500

  • prmnorton1 (seller) 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Videos will be posted shortly thanks

  • merlinautogroup 2 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $60,000

  • prmnorton1 (seller) 2 weeks, 4 daysago

    @dcm356 yes ac does work
    Yes it’s the original paint and color

  • jehock 2 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $21,111

  • dcm356 (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 4 daysago

    Does the AC work and is this red the original color the car left the factory? Thank you.

  • prmnorton1 (seller) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    @Tmort thanks! Yea this one is a work of art lol
    I will be posting start up and driving videos early next week, no rust, I did my best to send pictures of every angle of the car including underneath
    The car was a California car it’s whole life, we purchased it from the owner in California who consigned it through a dealership, there are no issues, it does run and drive and shift great, overall great amazing car
    Somebody definitely put a lot of time and money and love into this car

  • Tmort (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 5 daysago

    Impressive looking package, gorgeous motor! Will you be posting any videos?
    Running condition?
    Any known issues, functionally?
    Any signs of rust on the car?
    Currently licensed in California?

  • prmnorton1 (seller) 2 weeks, 6 daysago

    Additional content has been added to the gallery for this listing.

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1973 DeTomaso Pantera
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