Thursday, December 5, 2013

De Tomaso Pantera GT5S

In the war of the rear wing in the 80’s the only company that gave the Lamborghini Countach a run for its money was De Tomaso with the Pantera. Designed by Tom Tjaarda, it debuted in 1970 at the New York Motor Show and soon went into, well for Modena standards, fast production of 3 cars per day!!!! Intially it was created in collaboration between De Tomaso and Ford, as Ford desperately needed a sports car to compete with GM on home spil, this relationship though only lasted until late on in 1973. Following this production drastically reduced as the car was taken out of the US. By the late 80’s it had evolved into the 1985 GT5S with its wider body kit and much required huge rear wing.

The GT5S also had all the luxuries required of a super car, air-conditioning, leather, electric windows etc but still retained that Ford 5ltr V8, granted now teased to get out 380bhp, held in the bowls of the car. When I first saw the car below it surprised me how deep the engine seems to sit, you have to take a second glance to the side to try and work out where the passenger compartment starts. Only 351 of this model were built until production ceased after a 20 year run in 1991, I think you'll agree it was good looking car even with the wing.


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