Modified 1972 DeTomaso Pantera
- Chassis: THPNMB02421
- 48k Indicated Miles
- Rebuilt 397ci Cleveland V8
- ZF Five-Speed Manual Transaxle
- GT5-Style Wheel-Arch Flares
- Red & Black Exterior
- Black Leather Upholstery
- Crow Seat Harnesses
- MOMO Steering Wheel
- Carbon-Fiber Interior Trim
- Nitrous-Oxide Injection System
- Staggered-Diameter Wheels
- Service Records
- 1972 Documentation
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This 1972 DeTomaso Pantera was originally purchased by Playboy Enterprises in July 1972 for presentation to Playboy magazine’s 1972 Playmate of the Year, and spent time in California and Florida before it was recently acquired by the selling dealer. The car was refurbished and modified during prior ownership, which included an exterior color change, an engine rebuild, an interior refresh, and installation of wheel-arch flares and staggered-diameter wheels. The 397ci V8 is paired with a five-speed manual transaxle, and additional features include a gated shifter, power-operated windows, a MOMO steering wheel, a disconnected nitrous-oxide injection system, and bucket seats with black leather upholstery. This Pantera is now offered with 1972 warranty documentation, service records, dynamometer test results, a June 1972 issue of Playboy magazine featuring the car, and a clean Pennsylvania title.
The exterior was originally finished in white according to the seller and was repainted pink by its first owner. The body was later refinished in two-tone red and black and has been fitted with a front air dam as well as steel wheel-arch extensions. Black window trim and bumpers are installed along with aftermarket driving lights and Vitaloni side mirrors.
Campagnolo-style wheels feature a silver finish and measure 17″ in diameter up front and 18″ out back, and they are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport tires measuring 255/40 and 335/30, respectively. Braking is handled by power-assisted front and rear disc brakes.
The cabin houses bolstered seats that are trimmed in black leather with red piping and embroidered DeTomaso branding. Equipment includes a gated shifter, a fire extinguisher, Crow seat harnesses, and carbon-fiber door inserts.
The leather-wrapped MOMO steering wheel fronts Veglia Borletti gauges consisting of a 200-mph speedometer and an 8k-rpm tachometer. Auxiliary VDO gauges for coolant temperature, oil pressure, voltage, and fuel level are mounted in the center stack. The five-digit odometer shows 48k miles, approximately 250 of which were added by the selling dealer.
The Ford 351ci V8 was rebuilt in 2009 to displace 397ci with a bore measurement of 4.040″ and a stroke of 3.875″. Features include Edelbrock cylinder heads, long-tube exhaust headers, Ford Racing valve covers, and a high-rise intake intake manifold topped with a Holley four-barrel carburetor. A dynamometer test sheet is provided in the gallery below.
Cooling is from an aluminum radiator matched with dual electric fans, and other equipment includes an Optima Redtop battery, MSD ignition components, and a nitrous-oxide injection system that is disconnected according to the seller.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a ZF five-speed manual transaxle. Additional photos showing the suspension, underside, and exhaust system are presented in the gallery below.
Period warranty paperwork will accompany the vehicle along with service records, and a June 1972 issue of Playboy magazine featuring the car.