Another small automaker is heading to bankruptcy court in less than a week with the report that De Tomaso has run out of cash and credit. When Artega filed for bankruptcy last week, we felt a bit of a twinge since the German firm has a cool little sports car that just never really got going. And although we're not happy about De Tomaso name plowing into that financial brick wall again, perhaps this time terminally, if it means the end of the ungainliness that was the Deauville resurrection seen above, then we'll accept it.

At the end of 2011, it was reported that Gian Mario Rossignolo, the former Fiat executive who took over De Tomaso, had sold the rights to build the Deauville to a Chinese concern and that he had raised millions of euros to build a new Pantera sports car. We don't know how much of that report didn't come true, but Rossignolo's aims couldn't get over the hurdles of too many words, not enough funds, and one regrettable crossover. If any company does buy what's left of the De Tomaso name, it should take this as lesson number one for its new model business plan: start with the Pantera.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      lucky us
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      No way to prove this but I'm about 100% positive that De Tomaso would still be in business today if they had debuted a kick-ass Pantera concept instead of a milquetoast 5 series Gran Turismo clone. What a horrible decision.
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        Yep, that thing was pretty great. Honestly, I'd be totally ok if they just built the original Pantera from the 70's, with modern components underneath. That thing is so awesome it hurts.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      These companys are taking to long to bring product to market, Thats why they are going broke. Stop all the glitz and glam. Invite the media to the factory and do all show there. Car shows are a big waste of money if you only have a prototype to show and the car is still years away.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The all new Pantera was far along in it's developement and was packing a modified Cadillac LSA V8 in the rear . This is very sad the new Pantera was so full of promise and could have easily brought this company back . They should have put all the money into the Pantera instead of the other 2 concepts that they showed .If they had of put all their money into the Pantera it would have been out by now and selling well . Well this is what happens to small car companies that make bad business decisions and ignore their heritige .
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      2011 De Tomasco Deauville concept, looks like what formed the basis of 2013 Ford Fusion / Mondeo http://www.roadandtrack.com/auto-shows/geneva/pininfarina-de-tomaso-deauville/gallery
        to your email L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Yup that's what I was thinking, even tho they are 'bankrupt' you can still get it as a Ford Fusion. Interestingly DeTomaso used Ford engines in past models.
          stardude82
          • 2 Years Ago
          @to your email L
          Pantera's were all Cleveland V8 powered. A mid-engine Pantera revival would be really sweet.
      Johnny Ng
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who?
        to your email L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Way back (before you were born perhaps) DeTomaso sold the mid engined Pantera thru Lincoln (Mercury) dealerships back in the mid 1970's (I think) it had the 351 V8 'Cleveland' engine. They made other models but they weren't available in the US, Deauville and Beauchamp were some of those others Deauville was the 4 door ala Maserati Quattroporte and Beauchamp was the coupe I think they either had Ford V8's or Jaguars V12's in them.
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Your ignorance knows no bounds. Just like your forehead.
        Johnny Ng
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        DeTomaso sounds like a ketchup brand to me.
          Mr.Roadrage
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Johnny Ng
          If you've never heard of DeTomaso, you really don't know much about cars.
      Britt Benston
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford, J Mays, please step in and buy De Tomaso for a song. Use the GT platform, a Shelby V8 and make a new Pantera, and build it in Italy with laid off Fiat workers.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh, good. Maybe it'll be a lesson to all these posers hell bent on ruining these storied brands with garbage products. Case in point, that hideous Fusion meets Crosstour abomination photoed....
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mangusta was by far my favorite over the Pantera, but both were pretty neat. The Mangusta Concept is one of the best looking cars every to be built, drawn, or rendered in my opinion.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Helped son restore a Pantera. Drag strip performance, but don't try cornering, just too much iron in the back seat.
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