Photo credit: Khyzel Saleem
These days Hollywood is all about reboots and sequels, but if they do happen to have a Back to the Future remake in line, a De Tomaso Pantera just might be the perfect DeLorean replacement. Khyzyl Saleem shows us why with this incredible fan concept, complete with LED lights and flux capacitor. For those who won’t know, the Pantera was a mid-engined sports car produced by the De Tomaso car company of Italy from 1971 to 1991. Continue reading for a video of the Pantera in-action.
The car made its public debut in Modena in March 1970 and was presented at the 1970 New York Motor Show a few weeks later. Approximately a year later the first that production Panteras were sold, and production had been increased to three per day. The first 1971 Panteras were powered by a Ford 5.8L V8 engine that produced a severely underrated 330 hp. Stock dynos over the years proved that power was more along the lines of about 380 hp. The high torque provided by the Ford engine reduced the need for excessive gear changing at low speeds: this made the car much less demanding to drive in urban conditions than many of the locally built competitor products.