1990 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S Coupé  Chassis no. ZDT874000LA009555
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1990 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia/Vignale Registration no. G343 PWX Chassis no. ZDT874000LA009555
£140,000 - 180,000
US$ 180,000 - 230,000

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1990 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S Coupé  Chassis no. ZDT874000LA009555 1990 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S Coupé  Chassis no. ZDT874000LA009555 1990 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S Coupé  Chassis no. ZDT874000LA009555
1990 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia/Vignale

Registration no. G343 PWX
Chassis no. ZDT874000LA009555
*20 years in a private collection
*Guaranteed 14,000 kilometres (approximately 8,700 miles) from new
*Outstandingly original and un-restored
*Desirable Ford Cleveland engine
*Exceptional condition

Footnotes

  • Having established himself as a serious automobile manufacturer with the Mangusta coupé, Alejandro De Tomaso commissioned Lamborghini designer Gianpaolo Dallara to produce the chassis for his new mid-engined supercar, the Pantera. Dallara opted for unitary construction for the steel chassis/body - abandoning the Mangusta's backbone frame - and competition-specification double wishbone/coil-spring suspension all round. The Ford Motor Company was De Tomaso's partner at the time of the Pantera's introduction in 1971 and thus the Pantera, like the Mangusta, relied on Ford V8 power. Mated to an all-synchro ZF five-speed transaxle, the 351ci (5.8-litre) Cleveland engine varied in output depending on the destination market, and in European trim came with 330bhp on tap, enabling the Pantera to complete the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint in a little over 5 seconds and touch 160mph (257km/h) flat out.

    Styled by Tom Tjaarda at Carrozzeria Ghia, the stunning coupé body was in fact built by Vignale, both companies being part of De Tomaso's empire in the early 1970s. De Tomaso's longstanding relationship with the Ford Motor Company led to an arrangement whereby the Pantera was distributed through select Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in the USA, where a lower compression, 248bhp Cleveland motor (meeting stricter emissions regulations) was introduced for 1972. The 1974 energy crisis led to a parting of the ways between Ford and De Tomaso, who continued to sell the Pantera in Europe.

    Exceptionally long-lived for a supercar, the Pantera was still around in the 1990s having undergone a series of upgrades. The first of these had appeared on the Lusso (luxury) 'L' model of 1972, which featured 'impact resistant' bumpers and improved cooling and air conditioning systems. Flared wheelarches distinguished the GTS model of 1974, which in European trim came with a 350bhp engine, larger wheels/tyres and other performance enhancements. Introduced at approximately the same time was the GT/4, a development of the Group 4 competition cars of 1972/73.

    The first major revision of the Pantera's body style occurred in 1980 with the introduction of the GT5 which, with its deep front air dam and delta-wing rear spoiler, represented one of the earliest examples of these aerodynamic devices being applied to passenger car design. Introduced for 1985, the GT5-S incorporated further revisions to the bodywork while its interior was significantly upgraded, rivalling that of many a luxury limousine. With the supply of Cleveland engines running out, De Tomaso switched to the less powerful Ford Windsor V8, at first in 351ci (5.7 litres) form and then 302ci (5.0 litres).

    In 1990 the Pantera was completely redesigned by Bertone's Marcello Gandini, stylist of Lamborghini's Miura and Countach, emerging as virtually a completely new model: the 90 Si. Production of the world longest-running supercar finally ceased in 1993.

    Built in May 1990, this exceptional Pantera GT5-S belonged to a private collector for 20 years and comes with a certificate guaranteeing the circa 14,000 kilometres recorded. Chassis number '06555' is seven cars from the last production number, '06562', and factory documents show that it was originally commissioned as the second-from-last car to come off the line; suffice to say that it is one of the very last Panteras completed. Speaking of factory documentation, this car is highly unusual in that it comes with every build sheet and production document, which were obtained directly from De Tomaso in Italy.

    Finished in unmarked Blu Sera metallic with black leather interior trim, the Pantera sits on its original Campagnolo magnesium-alloy wheels, still shod with the original Pirelli P7 tyres. Although specified with the Ford Windsor V8 engine, this car was upgraded when new with the more desirable Cleveland unit, which it retains. '06555' was also Dinitrol rust-proofed when new and has never been restored for the simple reason that it does not need it, having been perfectly dry-stored and thus very well preserved. Most Panteras have been restored - some more than once - while others have been extensively modified for track days, making this little-used example quite exceptional. We are advised by the private vendor that it has never seen a racetrack or been treated harshly, and has only been driven some 600 kilometres in the last six years.

    Imported into the UK in 2016, '06555' was serviced only 10 kilometres ago by marque specialists 'Three Point Four' of Monk Bretton, South Yorkshire. Probably the least used Pantera GT5-S available and certainly one of the most original, this outstanding example comes complete with handbooks, tool kit, car cover, all import/customs documents, and a UK V5C Registration Certificate showing only one registered keeper in this country.
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