1973 DE TOMASO PANTERA CUSTOM 2 DOOR COUPE - 66017 Sold* at Las Vegas 2008 - Lot #806 1973 DE TOMASO PANTERA CUSTOM 2 DOOR COUPE //cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/66017/66017_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #806


Auction Las Vegas 2008
Status Sold
Lot 806
Year 1973
*Includes Buyer Commission
Exterior Color ORANGE
Interior Color BLACK
Cylinders 8
Engine Size 351
Transmission 5-SPEED MANUAL

Lot #806 - A custom restoration with a stock 351cid engine, 5-speed and ZF transaxle. A rust-free car. Restored to original Grabber Orange color with carbon fiber design changes penned by the owner and original Pantera designer, Tom Tjaarda. "After 35 years, I have decided to buy another 1973 Pantera, an idea I had been toying with for some time. The Pantera is a vehicle that really invites its new owner to drive it for awhile then take it all apart and rebuild it into a proper automobile. Even when new, back in the early 1970's, the build quality was marginal at best. Today most Panteras have been rebuilt with fantastic results. This is what I wanted to do with my Pantera. I found one in California and set about taking the car apart and doing a few modifications. The car I bought was red but the original color was Grabber Orange, which is my favorite color on the Pantera. The basic shape of the car is still valid so I did not want to alter any of the design that made the car well known and appreciated after all these years. Just seeing the basic body shell in the paint booth freshly sprayed in orange was an emotional experience for me. I went about to design a new front and rear fascia incorporating the necessary aerodynamic spoilers and sculptured these forms to mate on to the body. I wanted to create a new look in these areas and integrate these contemporary forms into the 35-year-old car. Grey satin finish paint, like the center of the new wheels, integrates these new touches and defines their functional characteristics. Wheels, spoilers and air intakes need to function while being an attractive addition to the fascination of the vehicle design. The interior of the Pantera was always somewhat modest, in the sense that in the 1970's interior design was not given the importance that it receives today. Back then poor quality was an issue, even with Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. While today this has all changed, my first thought on my Pantera was to design a new and high quality interior. Various tones of grey go well with the color orange so we decided to go this way. Just the right amount of orange stitching integrates the interior to the exterior. The usage of finer materials like leather, suede and hand-laid carbon fiber offer the quality not seen in the original interior. New seats using the same methods and materials have transformed a modest interior of the Pantera into a luxurious and pleasing interior, like a Jaguar or Aston Martin. I wanted to do a top quality job to radically transform the interior shortcomings of the Pantera. So that is the story of my Pantera and while it took a few years to realize my dream, I had a hunch that I would get the chance to finish up my project." - Tom Tjaarda, July 2008.