Jay Leno calls the De Tomaso Pantera "one of the most misunderstood and undervalued" cars of the 1970s. I think he's right.

Ford Cleveland V8 behind the driver? Check. ZF transaxle? Check. Exotic Italian good looks? Check. Gated manual shifter? Check. Fantastic build quality? Um, uh... did I mention it has an American V8?

In this latest edition of Jay Leno's Garage, Jay takes his midnight blue 1971 Pantera for a spin along with Mike Drew, editor of the Pantera Club magazine. Mike explains that with the proper care, Pantera ownership can be a great experience, and it's more practical than many of its competitors.

We should start a sub-blog devoted entirely to Panteras. People would read that.