Classic Classified - 1972 DeTomaso Pantera


1972 DeTomaso Pantera

From: Hemmings Motor News, December 1983

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/09/25/classic-classified-detomaso-pantera


The horsepower difference between the early (71-72) Pantera and the 73-74 wasn’t as great as the numbers suggest. You have to remember that the 71-72’s horsepower rating was rated with GROSS HP; the 73-74’s HP was rated with NET HP. The 0-60 and 1/4 mile times achieved by the magazines of the time bear this out; they are identical 0-60 and within 1/10 of a second of each other in the quarter mile.

The biggest difference between the early and late were the “ungainly” bumpers. Most aren’t aware that the cars designer actually designed the later front bumper to double as an airfoil and provide much needed down-force on the front end. Take a closer look at front bumper next time you see one in person and look at the center section and the underside of the bumper and you’ll see it. Drive an early one to 130+ and the front end definitely starts to feel a bit light where as the larger bumper cars are stable as a rock.