The De Tomaso Pantera was conceived of and designed by Alessandro De Tomaso, an Argentinian tycoon. It was produced from 1970 to 1993 and distributed and sold by Ford in North America. In fact, De Tomaso sold his coach-building company, Ghia, to Ford in exchange for Ford agreeing to sell his sports cars.
Always powerful, always fast and always a little difficult to control at high speed, the De Tomaso Pantera was powered by a 5.8 liter Ford V8, trusted, powerful and reliable, that produced 330 horsepower. The Pantera had a top speed of 160 mph (256 km/h) and accelerated to 60 mph in 6 seconds or less.
Unfortunately, the De Tomaso Pantera was plagued with a host of technical issues, which annoyed Ford so much that they stopped importing in 1974. The Pantera had a classic sports car silhouette, which unfortunately become a parody of itself in later years, with ever-expanding amounts of plastic fenders, wings and assorted knick-knacks, and of course fatter tires.