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A Look Back At The De Tomaso Pantera

The De Tomaso Pantera reminds you of the AMC AMX/3 because it is, in fact, the classic car that inspired the Giotto Bizzarrini-designed AMX III. AMC followed the chimera design approach of the Pantera by having the AMX/3’s body and drivetrain come from its factory and the chassis and suspension developed in Europe. Like the Pantera, AMC had the AMX mass-produced in Germany.

Chrysler’s Lee Iacocca and De Tomaso’s Alessandro developed the Pantera to appeal to markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Like a chimera, it had Italian and American DNA, revealed in its Italian styling and the American cast-iron V8 engine in its belly. De Tomaso Automobili produced the mid-engine Pantera (Italian for Panther) sports car for twenty good years between 1971 and 1992, although just 7,000 got made in that period… read more >

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