Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #102: 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS

  • Published on Jun 12, 2015
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    This week we stretched the definition of muscle car just a bit and bring you a 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS. The muscle car connection is this car's 351 cubic inch Cleveland V8 that looks over the driver's shoulder as you row through the ZF gear box. Power comes from Ford, wrapped in Italian styling. We know it is not a muscle car but we think it is very cool and worth sharing. From The Brothers Collection.
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Comments • 131

  • okleydokley
    okleydokley 5 days ago

    Makes you wonder why people buy cars not to drive them. Those Arrivas are original rubber and were garbage by 70s standards, would be unsafe to drive 50 years later.

  • okleydokley
    okleydokley 5 days ago

    That is not a GTS. It is a Pantera L.

  • Nikolas Hovers
    Nikolas Hovers 16 days ago

    Enzo's nightmare? 😉 Was this car ever tested against a Ferrari?

    • pantera1973
      pantera1973 13 days ago

      Actually it was tested against Ferrari, Porsche, and Maserati in 1973 by Road Test Magazine. It beat them all and was named Import Car of the year.
      In 1981 Popular Mechanics had their "Million Dollar Supercar Showdown". The Pantera came out on top once again over cars such as the BMW M1, Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari 512 Boxer, and more.
      The test drivers were none other than famed racers Phil Hill and Sterling Moss. They knew how to put a mid-engined car thru its paces! Here's a link to the article:

  • isaac chastain
    isaac chastain 21 day ago

    The side window styling sucks and needs rework redesign.......ugly... muscle?
    No no no..I'm not convinced.

  • synchro505
    synchro505 Month ago +3

    Ever since I was a kid I always loved the body design of this car.

  • Mark Fonseca
    Mark Fonseca 2 months ago

    Vary nice car I remember this one.

  • Bill Kerstein
    Bill Kerstein 2 months ago +3

    I put a water pump on one of these about 1980. Access panel between the two bucket seats made it a piece of cake. Later, I tuned it for the guy and he said make sure to road test it good. Well I road tested it great! Never drove a better performing well balanced muscle/sports car! Shifter and transaxle flawlessly operated, accelerated to about 110 mph by the 6k RPM shift from 3rd approximately 1/4 mile down the road and I was in 4th at 140 mph when the car started feeling a little light but handled and stopped like a dream car. Owner said he had it to 160 and still plenty of RPM left feeling it was capable of 180 but he didn't trust the tires. I believe it was the high compression 1971 or 1972 model in a dark blue color. Almost 50 years later we finally get a mid engine Corvette. If I didn't wear size 13 shoes and stand 6'4" I would have bought a Pantera and still be driving it and enjoying it!

    • Pop Laurentiu
      Pop Laurentiu Month ago +1

      Well a new modern interpretation of the old legendary De Tomaso Panters build by Ares (called ) Ares Panther and they use the Lamborghini chassis, engine they added a manual gated gear knob shifter add this sexy style body on top with pop-up lights and everything. Here is they'r official website they also do other cool rare projects based on customer requests :

  • Eddie Bravo
    Eddie Bravo 2 months ago +4

    Beautiful car I've always liked the Pantera the fact that it was an Italian car with a 351 Cleveland just made it awesome!

  • Sherry Setliff
    Sherry Setliff 3 months ago +1

    Probably drove the first pantera in country. Straight from Holman moody, they tweaked the engine, to bourgh Lincoln Mercury in Charlotte, nc. It was white and we had not seen a 5 speed before. Still doing gto' with 4 speeds. Very potent with the 351c. Sadly, dad said no. Maybe for the best.

  • sol star
    sol star 3 months ago

    Sad commentary on the times 🙈

  • Hope Lanza
    Hope Lanza 4 months ago +2

    If drive this in a _heartbeat_!!!

  • christopher waldrop
    christopher waldrop 4 months ago

    Raffle this car for $500 a ticket

  • Scarboro Sasquatch Station

    Low , low mileage car with under 800 miles on the odometer , love the original look of this 351C.I. ~ Cleveland motor inside the 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS !!!!! Thanks Scarboro

  • Earl I
    Earl I 4 months ago

    Thanks for pointing out the wheels and their manufacture. How about their size and the size of the tires?

  • 88rock X
    88rock X 5 months ago

    Elvis had one

    • pantera1973
      pantera1973 5 months ago +1

      @TheFokker03 Elvis's wasn't exactly a "stellar" example; he bought it off of a used car lot for $3,500 bucks...........

    • TheFokker03
      TheFokker03 5 months ago

      yes,and he put bullet holes in it when it didn't start.

  • fast last
    fast last 5 months ago

    where can I buy one?

    • Pop Laurentiu
      Pop Laurentiu Month ago

      Or if you have full large bank accounts here is an old-one for sale :

    • Pop Laurentiu
      Pop Laurentiu Month ago

      Since is pretty hard to find an original one today maybe you can turn and get a new re-updated version if you like because is build based on Lamborghini Huracan chassis, engine +gearbox with the sexy DeTomaso Pantera body on top (with pop-up lights and other cool features) +a better cooling for the engine (a real problem of the original model). The new one is called Ares Panther ! Here is the Ares official website :
      your welcome ! ;0)

  • V. E.
    V. E. 5 months ago +2

    In '74 I was 14 and stone in love w/ this particular car. Ended up settling for a Mustang w/ a 351 Cleveland. Lots of fun, but nothing quite like that very sexy "Italian job," as my father and his friends used to say about the European and exotic cars of that era. lol Would still love to own one, but don't have the budget for it. sigh

    • Dean Sapp
      Dean Sapp 3 months ago +1

      In 71, i was 12 and walked to the Lincoln/mercury dealer to see one on the showroom floor and feel in love with it

  • Jesse Lee
    Jesse Lee 5 months ago +1

    Bitchin' Corvette/Pantera car scene here:

  • DIRK Poward
    DIRK Poward 7 months ago +1


  • Paul Boobier
    Paul Boobier 7 months ago +1

    Loved the look when they came out. Still do. I remember they were priced at under 10,000 dollars. The beauty of a Ferrari / Lambo but with an unbreakable American V8. How could it fail. Maybe it didn't have enough snob value.

    • TheFokker03
      TheFokker03 5 months ago

      the thing was,De Tomaso had no engine,unlike Maserati/Ferrari/Lamborghini,so he approached Ford.

  • Gilbert440
    Gilbert440 7 months ago +2

    Awesome car, I’ve always wanted one! Only car I ever considered selling or trading my 68 charger rt 440 for!

    • John Mcclane
      John Mcclane 7 months ago

      @Gilbert440 true I like the Pantera but I'm afraid of maintenance money is not a issue but the parts are rare

    • Gilbert440
      Gilbert440 7 months ago +2

      @John Mcclane thats a tuff one! I personally would get the Pantera. I live in California and I see Porsche cars everywhere, but they don't make Pantera's anymore and they look unique, half muscle car, half exotic. You can also build a Pantera to handle better, brake better and with a LOT more power. Check out a video on TVclip called, "RIDE: 626 HP De Tomaso Pantera", I think you might like it! There will always be a Porsche but De tomaso is gone and its nice having something most people have never seen.

    • John Mcclane
      John Mcclane 7 months ago

      Hey may I ask you something I know this is going to sound stupid but I have a chance to get one of these a 74 Orange with no wing or a new Porsche gt3 both cars are my dream cars which one should I get

  • vittorio D'Elia
    vittorio D'Elia 8 months ago

    I Want one

  • Joel Threatt
    Joel Threatt 8 months ago +2

    I grew up in Charlotte when Holman&Moody had their operation behind the airport. I remember seeing large lots of mustangs then panteras awaiting the holman and moody tweaking. Now that was a fine place to wonder around in

  • Arayig1982
    Arayig1982 8 months ago

    De Tomaso's continued with 351 Cleveland V8s but Australia engines with more output, until the late '80s when they just used 302 windsors

  • Tim Downey
    Tim Downey 9 months ago

    Drove a few of these back in the day. It's biggest problem? Cooling...

  • Marciel Industries
    Marciel Industries 10 months ago

    I think its cool.

  • Greg Wood
    Greg Wood 11 months ago

    Sell it to me ….. now !!! :)

  • Damn you Google
    Damn you Google 11 months ago

    It show do sound like a badass muscle car.

  • Victim Hood
    Victim Hood Year ago +3

    And yet it will spank most "Musclecars"

  • Raven Knight
    Raven Knight Year ago

    I love the Pantera. There were cool looking cars.

  • J F
    J F Year ago

    Went to an auto show back in the 70’s and saw a Pantera and always wanted one. Thanks for showing it.

  • Audie Conrad
    Audie Conrad Year ago +5

    Not a muscle car?... had a muscle car engine... Don't forget Ford's European race history - huge.
    Authentic American muscle care?...maybe not.
    Authentic performance car? Absofreakinlutely

  • bg147
    bg147 Year ago

    As a kid, I recall going to the Lincoln Mercury dealer to pick up our new, brown 1974 Capri with a 4 cylinder, automatic transmission, and manual steering. We were in the service area and I saw a flashy car but didn't know what it was. My brother told me it was a Pantera and described its virtues. So, it was a let down to drive home in the "Crappi" as we called it. It was a good looking car, had a nice interior, but it was sooooo slow.... one time my brother was lined up at a stop light with the AC running against a cement mixer truck. The light changed, he stood on the pedal, bracing for the explosion of power.... yes, you guessed it.

  • cultspaghetti Trashmovie

    I always put the De Tomaso with the Mustangs, Chevelle, Camaro’s and Chargers , they are all Beautiful top class cars from a time that beautiful cars were made 😊

  • H G
    H G Year ago

    What was the final sale price of this beauty?

    SIX GEAR Year ago

    I absolutely love the Pantera, I would love to own one.

  • Saul Espino
    Saul Espino Year ago +2

    very likable style in this presenter

  • Michael Decker
    Michael Decker Year ago

    I always wanted one, but they were rare in the UK. I eventually found one for sale, but when I went to see it it was falling apart with rust holes all along the sills, and seemed mostly built of filler despite being less than ten years old. I gave up the search and bought a nice Maserati Merak instead. Still hanker after an early Pantera (before they pimped it with silly giant arches and spoilers), and yes it's definitely all muscle! Thanks for the memory, great report.

  • Sherry Setliff
    Sherry Setliff Year ago

    Just wish they had put the boss351 in the car.

  • Denwerks Vintage Car Shop

    I wouldn’t apologize for it not being a Muscle car, that is one heck of a car. I’ve had 2 of these in the past and when dialed in, awesome! Getting ready in a few days to have another one parlayed in my garage!

  • Sean O
    Sean O Year ago +11

    Would be kool if Ford could slot this in between the Mustang and Ford GT.

    • Pop Laurentiu
      Pop Laurentiu Month ago +1

      The new Ares Panther is a better re-updated DeTomaso Pantera because it use Huracan engine, gearbox and entire chassis adding that extra flavor to an already iconic sport-super-car..

    • xpez
      xpez 4 months ago

      the Fiero

  • Squirmin Herman the one eyed German

    Re...spect...walk! Love Pantera ✌☮

  • Mr. Groovy 2 Shoes
    Mr. Groovy 2 Shoes Year ago +1

    What would that be worth with almost no miles on it at a Barrett Jackson auction.I'm sure with a limited number produced they must be highly sought after.

    • Sanny Folkesson
      Sanny Folkesson Year ago

      oddly they are not very desirable cars until now, they been a car none really seem interested in but now start catch attention due to their low price.

  • AZCobraman
    AZCobraman 2 years ago

    Those Arrivas must be like hockey pucks!

  • smcic
    smcic 2 years ago

    It makes me sad that it wasn't driven

  • Mark W
    Mark W 2 years ago

    Jensen Interceptor, please, if we must.

  • eddie bowens
    eddie bowens 2 years ago

    thanks, and i call that muscle.

  • TheRadioman1976
    TheRadioman1976 2 years ago

    This video is well put together and the speaker's script flows extremely well. Congrats from a Pantera fan and owner.

  • underballbutter
    underballbutter 2 years ago

    I would also make the engine visible through the back window

  • underballbutter
    underballbutter 2 years ago

    If they just kept producing this I would buy it (with the countach wing)

  • Dr. Venture
    Dr. Venture 2 years ago +1

    i've got the 1971 push button......

  • Jim kirk
    Jim kirk 2 years ago +3

    Thanks for posting this . 351 Cleveland one of Fords most under rated engines .

    • Crystal Stanborough
      Crystal Stanborough Year ago

      i thought it was the windsor...

    • Ricardo Ellison
      Ricardo Ellison 2 years ago

      Jim kirk The 351C designers had big big plans for that engine....unfortunately the EPA & the insurance industry killed everything. While the engineers had big plans, they unfortunately caved in to the bean counters & fit in the bodies of the various types, the engine guys designed the exhaust ports to keep the engine "narrow"...but turned the exhaust ports too sharply, & the exhaust gasses "stalls" trying to make that turn in the port....a poor design from the beginning. Eventually they would have noticed & changed the ports altogether....maybe a 351CM....for "Cleveland modified"....not to be confused with the 351M.

  • dave runner
    dave runner 2 years ago +4

    Can you imagine this car with a modern Coyote engine in it,,,,

    • 289pinto
      289pinto 11 days ago

      @Pop Laurentiu just checked it out. Badass!

    • Pop Laurentiu
      Pop Laurentiu Month ago +2

      Well, a modern reinterpretation of this car has being created by a new company is called Ares Panther and use Lamborghini Huracan chassis, engine coupled to a gated manual gearbox and adding this beautiful body on top with pop-up lights and everything else, is a very cool stuff here check out they'r official website they have another cool models in pipeline as well :

    • Jebediah Gentry
      Jebediah Gentry Year ago +2

      Both ideas would be epic

    • dave runner
      dave runner 2 years ago +1

      Yes sir!!

    • corvusala
      corvusala 2 years ago +2

      How about the flat plane crank gt350 engine?

  • Vince P Gall. ant
    Vince P Gall. ant 2 years ago

    I think the production run was around ten there's a few of them out there.😎

  • Flynn88MN
    Flynn88MN 3 years ago

    owner didnt let them do a burn out

  • Jim Russo
    Jim Russo 3 years ago +2

    we need de tomaso to make the pentera come back.

    • G D P
      G D P 5 months ago

      they tried in 2011 with the Deauville ... they failed again

    • Gregory Timmons
      Gregory Timmons 5 months ago

      Alessandro DeTomaso is no longer unfortunately among the living. A little fast and loose as an entrepreneur and businessman he nevertheless kept also Moto Guzzi a going concern at a time they could have gone under.

    • John Mcclane
      John Mcclane 7 months ago

      @Charles White64 looks like Ferrari and Lamborghini

    • John Mcclane
      John Mcclane 7 months ago

      @Charles White64 is this Ferrari

    • John Mcclane
      John Mcclane 7 months ago

      @Charles White64 true keep the vintage look put a good engine and hp

  • Jim Russo
    Jim Russo 3 years ago

    ford need to make the pantera come back.

  • Z
    Z 3 years ago

    never seen the radio delete plate in one of these before now

    • pantera1973
      pantera1973 3 years ago

      +Z Actually every Pantera that rolled off the assembly line came with the radio delete plate in place. All radios were either installed by the dealership or by the owner; none came from the factory with a radio. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to listen to the radio instead of the sweet sounds the 351 Cleveland and ZF Transaxle make. :-)

  • radioguy1620
    radioguy1620 3 years ago

    Excellent video , the interior shots show how amazingly clean this car is , pretty much brand new condition,

  • Lyndon Pedersen
    Lyndon Pedersen 3 years ago +2

    Amazingly low mileage. Why would someone buy a car like this simply to look at it? Its actually a shame. Nice video though.