Perhaps it's fitting that the band Pantera is known for its heavy metal music, because the DeTomaso Pantera is the automotive equivalent of a metal album. It's short, aggressive and makes a mean sound. It doesn't mess around either, with a Ford 351-cubic-inch (5.75-liter) V8 sending mountains of torque to the rear wheels. This week, Jay Leno takes us on a detailed tour of his '71 to show why it rocks.

There's a regular format to Jay Leno's Garage. It starts with Jay and maybe a guest taking a look at the car and talking about its history, and then they take it out on the open road. However, this video is practically a Pantera buyer's guide. Jay is adamant from the start that the last thing anyone should own is a stock example. To remedy this, he and his guest, the editor of the Pantera Club magazine, take viewers to school about some of the ways to turn them into even better performance machines.

No matter what you do to it, though, the Pantera requires that the driver adapt to it, not the other way around. For example, Jay isn't a big guy by most standards, but he has to cram himself into the cockpit with his shoes off and shirt partially unbuttoned just to go for a drive. Still, once out on the road, it all makes sense with that rumbling V8 and those Italian supercar looks. Scroll down to watch and learn a lot more about this uncompromising '70s performance car.


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      Loping Camshaft
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nice Pantera (the band) reference. This fan appreciates it.
      no1bondfan
      • 5 Months Ago
      I always liked the Pantera - even the later ones, wings and all. That name though - DeTomaso Pantera. It's a perfect name. It sounds so cool.
      Kyle Swift
      • 6 Months Ago
      I see what you did there........clever girl
      Jds Jds Jds
      • 6 Months Ago
      Truly a vulgar display of power.
      Circ
      • 6 Months Ago
      When it comes to interviewing on this show, Jay Leno is terrible at seeming genuinely interested with what his guest is saying. Which is strange because that was pretty much his job on the Tonight Show and he has so many years of experience.
      turbo_awd
      • 6 Months Ago
      Affordable for the average guy? Hardly.. Ones on ebay are $50K+!
        FoxJ30
        • 5 Months Ago
        @turbo_awd
        $50k to buy? Probably not out of reach to most people if it's what they prioritize. But I bet maintenance/upkeep will be another $50k every couple of years...
          Stuka87
          • 5 Months Ago
          @FoxJ30
          No way. If you buy one that has already had the reliability stuff done to it (which for 50K, it would have), they are pretty reliable. And there are no exotic parts like other Italian cars. Just head down to your local Napa, and they have most of them. The mechanical parts are all standard Ford stuff.
      Michael
      • 6 Months Ago
      Love that car. Hate those wheels.
        dukeisduke
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Michael
        They must have cost a pretty penny, as they're oversized replicas of the originals.
      joe shmoe
      • 6 Months Ago
      look at all those swirls in the paint
      delsolo1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Unable to start his Pantera in the morning for a donuts run, Elvis shot his car.
        no1bondfan
        • 5 Months Ago
        @delsolo1
        That is either a clever joke or the funniest thing I can imagine. He is, of course, dressed in the white jumpsuit as I imagine it.
          Cellular in SAT
          • 5 Months Ago
          @no1bondfan
          Not sure if that happened on a donut run but he did shoot his. Motor Trend Classic wrote an article and drive in the Elvis' car a while back.
      diffrunt
      • 5 Months Ago
      Helped my son restore one 20 yrs ago. It was a dragster, did not like to turn corners . Didn't stay long at our place.
      Bernard
      • 5 Months Ago
      It's cool, but spending $50k on a used one would only be the beginning of your expenses.
      • 5 Months Ago
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