1973 De Tomaso Pantera
Back in the 60’s and early 70’s, small manufacturers of exclusive sports cars loved to put big, powerful American V8 engines into bespoke bodies to create fast, good-looking models. Over the years, they built numerous cars this way, but one of the most interesting and long-surviving was the De Tomaso. Back in the late 60’s, De Tomaso secured a deal with the Ford Motor Company to provide their engines. In return, Lincoln-Mercury dealers in the U.S. could sell the De Tomaso Pantera in their showrooms.
This car was half Italian and half American, which proved to be a great combination. Italian designers gave it good looks and charm. The American V8 engine provided it with pure power and 330 HP. The De Tomaso Pantera was able to launch itself from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, making it one of the quickest cars from that period. Even the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley, owned one.