Is the Market Ready for a Reborn DeTomaso Pantera?

Apr 05, 2019 689

BY: Jim Motavalli

One of the more interesting stories to come out of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month was the potentially imminent revival of the DeTomaso Pantera. That would actually be a very good idea, and timely. The Ford V-8-engined Pantera is a classic design (from the American Tom Tjaarda, then working at Italian firm Ghia), and an exhilarating performer. Technical advances since its heyday from 1971 to 1993 could thrust the mid-engined chariot into the top rank of supercars today. And the distinguished marque is approaching its 60th birthday.

As Autoblog reported, Hong Kong-based Consolidated Ideal TeamVenture (CIT) bought the rights to DeTomaso in 2015 for a fire-sale price of just $1.18 million. After that, CIT bought Gumpert, the insolvent German purveyor of the Apollo racer, and in 2017 showed the Apollo Intensa Emozione, with gullwing doors, a 6.3-liter V12 with 780 horsepower, and a sky-high asking price of $2.67 million. Zero to 60 miles per hour comes up in just 2.7 seconds. Only 10 will be built, and they are all sold.

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