Video: Pantera - To Restore or to Pro-Tour?

Before driving one, I had a very clear image in my head of what I was sure driving a Detomaso Pantera would be like. Fortunately I'm the kind of person who, with enough phone calls, can hook up something like that, so we found two of them for a comparison test. They are less than three years apart, but couldn't be… » 5/30/14 1:00pm 5/30/14 1:00pm

Show Us The Best Failed Italian Supercars

The supercar business is tough. Designing a new model from the ground up takes a lot of time, and even if the company gets the mechanics and the technology from one of the big guys, development and testing will cost a lot of money. Building unique bodies is very labor intensive, low volume keeps component prices high,… » 1/16/13 3:30pm 1/16/13 3:30pm

The De Tomaso Turbo Is Not At All What You're Picturing

A good old Pantera with a blown Cleveland V8, right? Well, not quite, as Alejandro de Tomaso had something much more economical on his mind in 1982. The answer to the Oil Crisis was nothing less than a turbocharged, Bertone-bodied pocket rocket they simply called the De Tomaso Turbo. Oh, and it had a three cylinder… » 1/02/13 1:40pm 1/02/13 1:40pm

Elvis shot this car because of a girl

Crawling around behind-the-curtains at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, one of the first cars I noticed was a bright yellow De Tomaso Pantera. But this wasn't any Italo-American exotic. It was Elvis Presley's Pantera and it has the bullet holes from The King's revolver to prove it. Here's how they got… » 11/15/11 2:00pm 11/15/11 2:00pm

Out and about in a De Tomaso Mangusta

It’s rare to see this ‘60s gem of Argentine-American-Italian supercar design out in the wild, and it’s not hard to see why: the 5.0-liter Ford V8 turns the cabin into a furnace, you can’t see a thing out back, and the car’s weight distribution suggests it’s a love child of an anvil and a male peacock’s tail feather. » 3/30/11 2:30pm 3/30/11 2:30pm

De Tomaso back to life with SLC crossover, better off dead

Of all the defunct car companies, De Tomaso holds a special place in my heart for its often strange combination of American muscle and often strange but always glorious Italian styling (see Pantera and Mangusta). Someone must have stolen my dream journal, because they're bringing it back as a CROSSOVER! » 2/10/11 12:30pm 2/10/11 12:30pm