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1972½ De Tomaso Pantera “L” Serial Number 04315


Lead photograph of 1972½ De Tomaso Pantera “L” Serial Number 04315

We are pleased to offer 1972½ De Tomaso Pantera “L” (Lusso) model s/n 04315, unquestionably among the most attractive of the exotic automotive designs of the golden-era of Italian supercars. The “L” model Pantera featured many factory upgrades and updates that resolved most of the problems and issues the earlier cars experienced. Indeed, it was so improved that the “L” model DeTomaso Pantera was named Road Test Magazine’s Import Car of the Year in 1973, beating Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Porsche. Thanks to the sleek body lines penned by Tom Tjaarda and coachwork by Ghia, the Pantera features a long, low hood line, a compact yet comfortable cabin and an abrupt cutoff Kamm tail rear—trademark styling of other 1970s mid-engined supercars such as the Lamborghini Miura and the Maserati Bora. Abundant power and torque were supplied thanks to an ultra-dependable, mid-mounted, 4–bolt main 5.7-liter, 351 Ford Cleveland engine. While the original Pantera was easily capable of the supercar performance levels of the Miura and far quicker than the Maserati Bora, the Pantera was also known for its effortless torque at both low and high speeds and ultra-low cost maintenance. Thanks to a low center of gravity, excellent weight distribution, minimal weight on the front end, a bullet-proof 5-speed ZF transaxle, a powerful clutch and more-than adequate A/C, the Pantera is user-friendly, easy to drive, predictable, balanced and forgiving. The lightweight small-block Ford 351 was mounted deep in the chassis, permitting the sweeping rear profile, while lots of rubber on the ground meant great handling.

1972½ De Tomaso Pantera s/n 04315 was built in July, 1972, released by De tomaso on June of 1973 and sold new through The Kumph Motor Car Company, dealer # 51D115, 869 Broadway, Denver, CO, 80203 in yellow with black. In the 1990s it was owned by Randy Vincent, Colorado before going to Phil Montalban, Los Altos, CA in 2004, who put only 120 miles on s/n 04315 over his 12 years of ownership. In 2016 s/n 04315 was sold to the current owner who then had his obsessive-compulsive in-house mechanic and detailer start a massive 1,500 hour restoration and detail. The engine was first compression tested and all cylinders were 150-165 PSI. The engine and transaxle were pulled for detail work and the front and rear compartments were stripped to bare metal and refinished to a much higher-than-new standard. The water hoses and complete suspension were removed and the entire under-floor was stripped to bare metal, re-sealed and re-undercoated to a higher-than-new standard. The steering rack, suspension arms and suspension bushings were all rebuilt and powder-coated. New upgraded adjustable shocks and springs were fitted. The ZF transaxle was inspected and new ring gear bolts were fitted and safety wired in place as recommended. The carburetor, ignition wires, distributor cap, rotor, starter and alternator were all replaced or rebuilt, the AC system was treated to a $3,000 replacement and an upgraded 3-speed fan now blows ice-cold. The clutch assembly, flywheel, all hoses, belts, brakes and brake lines, the master cylinder, brake bleeders and harmonic balancer were all replaced or rebuilt. Additionally, various electrical wiring and switches, the sunroof, the headliner, the carpets, the gas tank, the exhaust and manifold gaskets, the engine mounts, seat foam padding, battery, horns, ignition switch/lock, thermostat and gasket, door hardware, various bulbs and switches were all replaced, recovered, stripped and powder-coated or rebuilt as necessary. The manifolds and exhaust system were ceramic coated which looks great while allowing cooler operation and more usable power. When completed, Pantera s/n 04315 was treated to a full detail/polishing and finished which included wet sanding with fine grades of sandpaper, compounding and polishing and finally applying ceramic coating at a cost of $4,000. Needless to say Pantera s/n 04315 is one of the few Panteras on the market that still has its original matching (#03266) engine number.

Pantera s/n 04315 is finished in very elegant black over a dent-free body with an as-new black interior, a color combination that beautifuly integrates the front bumper and body lines. The body and chassis are accident free, rust free and are as clean underneath as topside. It is mounted on Michelin Pilot Sport Tires (245/45 ZR 16 front – 335/35 VR 17 rear) on gorgeous extra-wide 8″ x 16″ front and 11″ x 17″ replica Campagnolo rear wheels which were made by Pantera East, haven’t been available for years and are easily worth $5,000 by themselves. Pantera s/n 04315 also comes with the original 7 x 15 inch front and 8 x 15 inch rear cast magnesium Campagnolo wheels. Cosmetically, this is a stunning Pantera. The panels are straight and panel fit is excellent. The paint is excellent and the bright trim is as new, as are the lights and glass. All systems were obsessively rebuilt, restored, serviced and sorted. The car is absolutely, completely solid and devoid of rust, which is a very rare thing, and it certainly bears being highlighted as one of the most important characteristics of this car. The engine compartment is better than new. The transaxle, engine, inner fenders and suspension are obsessively clean, making for a very high quality show car condition. Pantera s/n 04315 runs and drives extremely well with great power through the RPM range. The engine is well-tuned, and sounds as it should, with the quintessential American V8 rumble. The car is powerful and moves easily through modern traffic. The transaxle shifts superbly, with excellent synchromesh, even when cold. The brakes are effective, and the steering and suspension are free from any play. There are zero overheating problems thanks to the upgraded cooling system including a high capacity Fluidyne radiator.

This is a great opportunity to acquire an obsessively detailed, absolutely rust free, fully-sorted and serviced US-delivered Pantera in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. It is a structurally excellent example that makes a strong cosmetic impression and delivers exceptional performance, retaining the purity of the early 1970s cars. Pantera s/n 04315 gives Daytona performance at 1/10 the cost, with much lower maintenance. Because it is a 1972½ year model, it is smog-exempt in California and most other states. This is a stunning Pantera in a very elegant black on black combo that offers a massive amount of bang for the buck and, thanks to a 1,500 hour obsessive restoration and detail, will not disappoint. Has 48,397 miles, comes with the Marti Report and is priced right at $99,950 or best offer.

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During Restoration
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