1974 DeTomaso Pantera. The epitome of the Pantera group. These latest models had many features the early cars did not. Updated cooling system, different suspension, different gearing, different chassis. The 1972 Pantera was the end of the early frame rust prone Panteras. In 1973, DeTomaso realized something needed to be done. The frame uprights were rusting clean through making the car undriveable. There were no 1973 Panteras. 1973 models were left over ’72’s, carrying late vins and ’73 production dates, hence the early frame, that were titled and released in ’73. When the ’74’s came along, major frame changes were in place, forever ridding them of the uprights going away from rust. Why choose a ’74? They are, simply put, the best of the best. More comfort, updated electricals, radiators and cooling systems that didn’t need 3 grand to update like today when buying an early car. Safer? You bet. Gettng in a 5 or 10 mph hit in a chrome bumper car will result in the front end being all bent up. The hood may end up through the windshield! L bumpers cleared that all up. The L bumper cars will take a good hit without BENDING UP THE FRONT CAP! Lower compression in ’74? Yes. Still, right out of the box, as it sits stock, if you keep it floored for 30 seconds, you’ll be closer to 200 mph than 100 mph. Just a matter of seconds slower than an early Austrailian block. Quarter mile times? Commensorate in all years, regardless of compression. This 1974 De Tomaso Pantera is finished in black over black interior, factory campy alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows, power brakes, hall pantera racing exhaust. The Pantera was the result of an Argentinian racing driver (Alejandro De Tomaso), Italian engineering and American muscle. The styling was handled by Tom Tjarda while Giampaolo Dallara was responsible for the structural design. Looking at the vehicle, it greatly resembles that of the Lamborghini offspring. The reasoning for this resemblance could be attributed to Giampaolo Dallara who was also aided in the designing of the Lamborghini Miura.
North York, Ontario, Canada