• Nov 17, 2009
Panthera Rendering - Click above for high-res image gallery

We're working off a machine-translated web page, so bear with us, but it looks like legendary Seventies marque De Tomaso is being resurrected once again. This time by a wealthy Italian industrialist named Gian Mario Rossingnolo. Looks like Signor Rossingnolo has already purchased a Pininfarina factory in which to build the new De Tomaso, and tried (unsuccessfully) to rescue Bertone earlier this year.

The big question is what are they going to build. Well, the ambitious-sounding-to-our-ears plan is to build 8,000 aluminum-bodied cars per year. And they are to be prestige cars, to better take advantage of the De Tomaso brand. As for specifics, Rossingnolo is planning on a luxury sedan, a coupe and an SUV. The cars should make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show the year after next. Here's hoping one named Pantera shows up with Ford's supercharged 5.4-liter V8 mounted behind the driver.



[Source: Argentina Auto Blog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      5.4?

      What about the 6.2 or the eb5.0L
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Pantera orginial design was, I felt, outstanding. I purchased a 72' "L" and drove for over thirty thousand miles without any problems. (I guess I was lucky)
      I will look forward to the day that Pantera will be available for purchase. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to have another one.
      Brad
      • 5 Years Ago
      The mystique of the original factory could never be recreated however , as a lifetime Detomaso enthusiast, I find the news interesting of a New Pantera. But i hope by no means it looks like this concept...This rendering is horribly unnattractive and does zero justice to the original. ..I for one do not like it at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The brand certainly has value and I'm surprised it has languished for as long as it has without someone buying up the rights. Sure there has been the ill fated Magusta project with Qvale and the never-successful Guara. However the once very interesting maker had largely been reduced to bit player at best since de Tomaso acquired Maserati in the 70's.

      Does the new owner have complete marketing control of the name Pantera? As I seem to recall Ford Lincoln-Mercury still had limiting rights even into the '80's when GT5 models where trickling in to the US. Also I thought when times were very tough in this decade name and logo rights were sold or licensed off.

      I like the renderings of the original clean Pantera design modernized. Although using the same core base lines seemingly invites comparisons to the many aftermarket West Coast shops which have dabbled in reworking the original early 70's L models.

      I wish the new owner luck although 8,000 of any sports cars seems far too ambitious. If your man has that much coin and wants that much market share then perhaps he should pick up TVR instead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it realli.. looks like one of the older ferrari's... -.-
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys really need a proofreader.

      Marque - "A brand of a manufactured product, especially a model of motor car" (Wiktionary)
      Marquee - "(US) A projecting canopy over an entrance, especially one with a sign that displays the name of the establishment or other information of it." (Wiktionary)

      Your first paragraph also has both "De Tomaso" and "De Tamasos".

      At any rate, as others here have observed, I'm not sure De Tomaso is a brand worth resurrecting (again). Back in the 70s they made the beautiful but awful Mangusta and Pantera, and then came back to life for the rather ugly Qvale cars. It's not like there's any great heritage there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a very nice rendering.

      But I have to ask... is there nothing new under the sun? (I realize that the answer is likely no, not much.)

      Why must a De Tomaso be a retro Pantera? (and that is better than Panthera)

      Why not something new? Mustang is retro. Ford GT was retro, this is retro. Cobras and Cobra Daytonas are copied like crazy... and that is just Ford, not counting everyone else who lives on refreshing older designs....

      Where is the NEW stuff that isn't just half-baked, amateur-styled vaporware of the day?
        • 5 Years Ago

        Hey Boxer, if your going to single out Ford's retro styling (Mustang and Ford GT) then you gotta come out and also say about the VW Beetle, Mini Cooper, and most definitely, the Porsche 911. This car will NEVER evolve. As good as they are (and the new GT3 RS is my dream daily driver), the 911 will always look like the original, which is starting to be unoriginal. The thing with the Mustang, it will evolve in 2014 when the new car comes out. Where does the Beetle go from here? Same with the Mini Cooper? What does Porsche do to make their car be different from previous designs? Change a taillight I guess. I think this new Pantera is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!! I would love to have one, if the world were perfect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hence why I said:

        "...and that is just Ford, not counting everyone else who lives on refreshing older designs...."

        And in defense of Porsche, their 911 design was never OUT of production, so it is an evolution, not a resurrection. Most of the others are returning to designs that have been out of production for some time, years or even decades.

        I don't have a problem with updating old designs... until it stifles all new creativity, and that is ALL anyone ever does.

        There is potential for new things... but everyone with capital assets, ie car companies... seem to be rooted firmly in the past, not the future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      8000! WTF!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i love the old de tomaso's, i cant wait to see what they might come up with!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't go wrong with Italian designers...

      That said, isn't it crazy how many new car companies are popping up with big ambitions?
      The world's car market is already beyond saturated, yet this man wants to build another supercar, coupe and SUV?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the Pantera and I love how this new one keeps all the old styling cues. The '70s were the era of the angular supercar and this one pays homage to that. No rounding out of corners. I doubt the production car would look this pure. Me thinks they will end up rounding it out like a kid's eraser after two weeks at school.

      While any Italian car from the '70s will be a technical nightmare, that was supposed to be part of the charm of owning an exotic - the fact that it only worked when it wanted to, so if you got it to work, that made the drive all the more special - thereby adding to your pleasure. Thus, I hope the new Pantera is just as much a nightmare as the old one, for those who have never owned such a car, do not know that pleasure. For reliability, we have Camrys.

      BTW, autoblog, fix your photo section. It takes years to back out of there back to the main page. I kept back clicking and still couldn't get back to the main page. Very clunky and unwieldy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sweeeeeeeet! I love those bumpers... very pedestrian friendly ;)
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