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Hey guys, so just wanted to ask some fellow Lambos enthusiasts their thoughts on the De Tomaso Pantera. Honestly I think it’s a really cool car with a beautiful design and while it doesn’t have an Italian engine the Ford it came with is super reliable and easy to work on! Has anyone here owned one? If so tell me how you liked it! Thanks! 

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There are a few owners here on the board. It takes an enthusiast to make these cars hum. 

I love the Pantera, but have heard a few horror stories on costs and problems with them. Granted, any vintage performance car can open a rough world of pain, but you can't beat these things when they are done right.

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Corrosion and electronics are the big items to check when buying.  Prices are also all over the place.  I bought my 72 in February and very happy with it.

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19 hours ago, Destructo said:

There are a few owners here on the board. It takes an enthusiast to make these cars hum. 

I love the Pantera, but have heard a few horror stories on costs and problems with them. Granted, any vintage performance car can open a rough world of pain, but you can't beat these things when they are done right.

Yeah an Italian car from the 70’s can be a nightmare! Most of the issues I hear of them are rust and paint related along with cooling issues.

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2 hours ago, Chipster said:

Corrosion and electronics are the big items to check when buying.  Prices are also all over the place.  I bought my 72 in February and very happy with it.

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That’s awesome man glad you like it! And what electronics in the Pantera specifically have issues? You’re also right in saying prices are all over the place! Lol 

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Typical issues are with power draw for the headlight motors, ignition system and cooling system.  There is a company called Pantera Electronics in Pennsylvania that sells a lot of quality upgrades though, like conversion to a standard fuse box with LED lighting (green and red) to denote failures.  Motor controllers for ignition and cooling that control power loading better.   And there is a parking brake kit that uses Tesla calipers (the hydraulic parking brake system sucks and loses pressure after a few hours).  I will likely be doing a lot of the PE upgrades over the winter.

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On 8/8/2019 at 9:55 PM, Chipster said:

Typical issues are with power draw for the headlight motors, ignition system and cooling system.  There is a company called Pantera Electronics in Pennsylvania that sells a lot of quality upgrades though, like conversion to a standard fuse box with LED lighting (green and red) to denote failures.  Motor controllers for ignition and cooling that control power loading better.   And there is a parking brake kit that uses Tesla calipers (the hydraulic parking brake system sucks and loses pressure after a few hours).  I will likely be doing a lot of the PE upgrades over the winter.

That’s good to know thank you my man had no idea it had electrical issues! 

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6 hours ago, Antonyb98 said:

That’s good to know thank you my man had no idea it had electrical issues! 

I guess I should clarify that they work stock but there are improvements available.  I just installed the modern fuse box this weekend.  Also got a Radiator Fan Controller, Headlight Motor Controller, Ignition Switch Controller and push button start that I'll be working on in the next few weekends.  Probably swapping out the radiator with a new Fluidyne unit too.  I'll have to get some better pics.

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Yeah I figured they work but of course with modern tech things will be improved. I knew that the early Pantera’s had heating issues and one of the first and best mods to do is to get a new fan and radiator assembly. Awesome they’re so easy to update and improve! Can I see some more pics of your Pantera?

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