Jay Leno calls the De Tomaso Pantera "one of the most misunderstood and undervalued" cars of the 1970s. I think he's right.
[I now have a new favorite over-the-top press picture, courtesy of DeTomaso.]
If you want to trap a wild Jason — perhaps for the meat or luxurious pelt — a great way to do so is to tell one he can drive something interesting. That's what happened with this customized Pantera. It's an old car, given new life with some help from Nike's skunkworks design team.
The DeTomaso Pantera was a simple premise - Italian midengine supercar design with a powertrain that can be serviced at a Ford dealer. But what was it like to drive?
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…
Truth be told, automakers stage many of the photos passed off as "spy shots." Like when a videographer just happens to have his camera pointed at the front gates of DeTomaso when a black, low-slung car rumbles through.
Look what’s made its way to a charmingly seedy part of Budapest: One of the 7,300 Chrysler TC’s by Maserati. It’s horrible enough to stop a seasoned car geek dead in his tracks.
You know you're in the Malaise Era when the best quarter-mile times for the wildest street cars money can buy are barely into the 14s. But still, who doesn't want an '81 Aston Martin Volante or BMW M1?
The Pebble Beach Concours is always a spectacle of the well-heeled celebrating the well-known in the fancy-pants car show circuit. To go along with the car show wine is the cheese, also known as the Monterey Auctions, put on every year by the house of RM Auctions. There are always hit lists of the most desirable and…