Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #70

Continuing with the "cars introduced in the year matching the number" motif... 1970 was a hard year to pick just one vehicle. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was introduced in 1970. So was the Toyota Celica, one of my all-time favorite Japanese cars. Not only that, the entire Range Rover marque started in 1970. What got the nod, though, was this:


De Tomaso Pantera. Technically, this is a 1971 model, but it was released in March 1970. Even thought it *only* had a Ford 351C under the hood, it was still rated for 159 MPH and unofficial estimates put the horsepower rating somewhere north of 375. It didn't look or sound like anything made by FoMoCo, but it was sold in Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealerships like any other Mustang or Town Car.

I have no idea why the Pantera is such an iconic/enduring vehicle. Not that many were made; they weren't a movie staple like the Lamborghini Countach; it's not even an exotic engine. It's gotta be that Italian design - oh, wait, no, it was an American designer who came up with it. The only thing I can come up with is the scarcity - only 5,500 were imported to the US over it's four-year span. Plus Elvis had one. That he shot when it wouldn't start.

I can't condone that, but I sure as heck understand it...

That is all.

4 comments:

Ted said...

It was only sold at Lincoln Murcury Dealers , not thru Ford. They were seperate at the time. The LM sales staff had no clue how to sell them.

It like asking the staff at Men's Warehouse to sell Speedo's. And as a result most of the panteras went to the gold chain crowd. Plus the build quality was terrible.

Stretch said...

I've seen 3 Panteras outside of a car show.
My neighbor's which was on a flatbed to the dealer at least once a month.
The other two were on the side of 495. One in flames. The other a burned out hulk.

Old NFO said...

A friend has one, and he and his son have pretty much completely re-engineered it! It routinely gets driven and has taken a number of best in show and best engineering awards! (And it's pumping out WELL over 600HP)...

Bram said...

Used to drive past a nice house in Southborough, MA where there was always one parked. I loved it - a combo of American muscle and Italian style.