A 1971 De Tomaso Pantera becomes an exemplary restomod
White Post Restorations has finished working on a one-off De Tomaso Pantera coupe produced back in 1971. The car ended up with an all-new body and powertrain.
Specifically, the RWD sports coupe ditched its 305-hp (227-kW) Ford Cleveland engine in favor of a General Motors LS7 V8 rated at 505 hp (376 kW). The latter received an additional steroid injection – new cylinder heads, air intake system, throttle valves and lubrication. We don’t know how much power it pumps out now, but “more than enough” seems like a safe bet. And that huge single tailpipe is quite telling, too.
The bodywork stays stock in places, but some styling has been done to bring this Pantera closer to its newer GT5 generation in terms of appearance. Note especially the fenders and the side sills, as well as the missing door handles and small details. The “clean” look is complemented by a light-blue-and-white paintjob. Nitron Racing provides the suspension components, and Wilwood supplies the brakes.
The interior of the 49-year-old restomod has only changed a bit – as far as we can see, the seats and the dashboard are new. Then again, no photos have been provided of the cabin.
Editor Andrew Raspopov