De Tomaso has had a rough go of it in the last year, between struggling to bring a car to market, going under, and then having its chairman arrested for shady financial activity.

Things might finally be looking up for De Tomaso, however, according to Automotive News Europe. The Italian Industry Ministry is reportedly in continuing discussions with different potential buyers, and BMW is reportedly among the suitors.

De Tomaso filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after selling the rights to build the grotesque Deauville sedan to a Chinese company in order to fund the next Pantera.

BMW previously denied having any interest in the bankrupt automaker. Automotive News says the Italian Industry Ministry hopes to find a buyer and get the sale process kicked off sometime next month.


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      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      kinda wish it was Ford. I'd love to see a modern Coyote powered Pantera.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Theres a Pantera in my town that I see all the time, it sounds like pure evil.. Id LOVE if Detomaso made a new one
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW will buy the name to leep it off the market, like they have done with the Triumph brand.
      Tstag
      • 2 Years Ago
      Exactly the name isn't that well known. BMWs own brand or the Triumph brand have much better international recognition. This would be like BMW buying the TVR brand and that to me is much better known than De tomaso
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        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        Mercedes has SMART. As crappy as the ForTwo is, I think it can be deemed a success.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          @BankruptcyBoomer_Gen CAFE numbers don't depend on sales, if I remember correctly. It's merely a fleet average that takes into account the number of models available, not the number of cars made.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        danielm26
        • 2 Years Ago
        BMW M1 totals 460 units, was designed by Giugiaro in Italy and projected with the assistance of Lamborghini, De Tomaso build by Dallara and designed by Tom Tjaada an American designer at Ghia produced more than 7400 Panteras plus a number of Mangustas, today the M1 will bring a good $195K a Pantera a decent $45K to 60K and a Mangusta pass the $100K, they can all coexist under BMW roof
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great to see them saved, but what do they actually have to offer that BMW doesn't already have in spades? Are they just essentially buying another badge?
      anon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yup you could buy just as good looking car the 13 Ford Fusion for far less. Yup copycat styling, you'd think they'd be more creative.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really don't see the point unless BMW just wants to shelve the nameplate for a while. They have no cars, they have no production facilities and even the "cachet" of the nameplate is a bit tenuous at the moment. Perhaps they want the nameplate to counter Bugatti at some point in the future. Sounds like a story floated out on a slow news week before the Paris Show.
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      A new Mangusta or Pantera... backed by BMW. Politics and number-crunching aside, how can you NOT like that?
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Because a Pantera had one of the best V8s of all time...the 351 Cleveland....better breathing than anything outside of a Hemi and half the size. Why ruin it with a complicated and unreliable BMW engine?
      Eric Cameron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, the interior is a replica of the Cadillac CTS...
        duq1212
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eric Cameron
        That's because De Tomaso used GM / Cadillac's platform to build the car.
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