• Jun 7, 2010

1974 De Tomaso Pantera L – Click above for image gallery

It's hard to imagine the automotive landscape without the wonder that is eBay Motors. Yes, we would probably be a little more productive without the ever-present temptation of thousands of rare and unique listings leading our web browsers astray, but we'd also never hear about cars like the 1974 De Tomaso Pantera L you see above. While any car with a 351 Cleveland V8 mounted amidships is usually enough to get our blood pumping, this particular example is something truly special. Why? It has a mere 135 miles on the clock.

Now, usually, a car that's traveled less than four miles a year since it was built would have all sorts of issues to contend with, but the seller claims to have taken care of most of those. The wheel bearings have all been broken down and repacked with new grease, the brake lines have been replaced, the carburetor has been rebuilt and the oil-pan gasket has been swapped for a new piece, and a slew of other services have been performed. There's no word on whether or not the fuel tank was dropped and cleaned, though.

Sound good? The 'Buy It Now' price is a lofty $139,500, and the car is located in Scotts Valley, California. We're not entirely sure we'd personally pony up that kind of cash (if we had it), but it's likely the best original Pantera that will ever be seen again. Check the auction here.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I drove mine 140 mph on the OLD seven mile bridge. (ah, youth!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Appropriate "sign of the cat" offering, given Mercury's impending death.

      The value in something like this is amplified by the inordinate number of Panteras that have been heavily modified; I'm not talking about the tastefully-done improvements (i.e. electronic ignition) that make them very reliable & drivable but, rather, some of the modifieds that (as much money have been put into them) are pretty tastelessly done. As one of the first production mid-engined exotics, representing a defunct manufacturer (and, now, a distribution channel that sees half of it go the way of history), it's good to see a representative original example survive. Seeing one in literally "showroom stock" form makes up for the relatively large numbers originally produced (relative to other period-piece mid-engined cars) that are now so far removed from stock.

      Unfortunately, still way too rich for this farm-boy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My son,s was a rust bucket when we started , looked good when we finished.
      Went like a bat straight ahead, could not take a flat corner at any speed. our early Fiero cornered much better. Long, long , ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love that car... those lines are ageless!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My favorite car of the 70's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice Price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Must just be me, but there is something about the proportions that repels me. I can not put my finger directly on why.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The ridiculous front overhang? The acres of gap in the rear wheel well.

        If I were to get a car like this, it would have some miles on it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thought that among other things, they were also known for overheating.
      jordy
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car presents a hopeless dilemma if the seller sticks to his price: drive the premium value right out of it by the using it as it was intended or use it as a static museum piece of an automoble that is neither intrinsically valuable, beautiful, or rare. I'm a fan of the Pantera but this isn't even a chrome bumper, push-button model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what has rotted away while/by not being used?
      seals, horse-hair seat stuffing, dash shrink......waht else?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's sad. Someone needs to drive/enjoy that thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Re: John,

        The point of a car is to be driven, plain and simple. I'd much rather watch a video of someone powersliding the crap out of this Pantera, or see it brought into a classic race series than see it slowly swiveling behind velvet rope, never getting the chance to rip down the roads it was built to travel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        HELL YES!!!!!! Cars have to be driven and HARD!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was serious about the museum comment. It's *pristine*, with practically zero miles on it. Driving it would only decrease the value. And god forbid some idiot dings it in a parking lot, much less the new owner rolls the thing...

        And besides, it's a sub-250 hp car with 1970s handling and interior. If you just want to drive a sport coupe, you can get a nice 300ZX TT with way better driving characteristics at a tenth the price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well, drive, but "enjoy" may remain to be seen, as ALL of the problems I and most everyone had with them lay ahead; after my 12 month warranty expired I had to trade it, it was a nightmare. ONLY ONE good part, the Ford motor. Mine was British green, what a beauty(ful) nightmare.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If this car had been driven at all, even 10k miles, then yeah, it should continue to be driven. Taken to classic car track days, and so forth. It'd have been perfect for that.

        But with under 150 miles, the engine isn't even broken in, so this particular car only has value as a museum piece, something you put in a showroom somewhere as a testament to the 1970s. The fact that it's practically brand new and undriven is the entire point of this specific car.

        Once the car gets driven to any significant mileage, at that point, the buyer might as well have bought a clean, maintained, garaged Pantera for half the price.

        If you've got $140k to drive something really hard, there's a Porsche dealer who'll get you a 911 that'll run circles around this, and give you a lot more enjoyment in the process.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv, YES.

        John, NO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or put it in a museum.
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