Here is a little history on my 1972 De Tomaso Pantera. When I purchased my car from Pantera International in 2003, it was just a roller with no drive train and a partial interior. The car was a mess but solid with no rust and a cool background. I was sent pictures of the car as they knew I was looking for a project with an interesting history. Pantera International was going to use it as a parts donor and had already sold some parts. I told them to stop parting it out. I sent a deposit, hitched my flatbed trailer and headed for California.
I brought my Dad along to make it a father/son adventure. I first saw #3190 in person in Orange, CA in 2003. The staff at PI tried to talk me into another car they had in the shop but I had already bonded with the sad pictures of the Pantera they sent. The car had blood and feathers in the passenger floor where a cat had a good meal. There were spiderwebs everywhere and inches of dust. I was told the car had been sitting in a barn in Nevada for years.
The car was originally a street car owned by a Nevada gentleman. After attending club events and as an avid racing enthusiast, He got the bug to convert the car and use it for racing. Pantera #3190 was converted to racing duty in the late 1970s. It was fitted with wide flares ala factory Group 4 racing cars. Roll bars, suspension work, a communication device and many other upgrades were added/performed. Some of these parts were still with the car. The car was raced in the 70s and early 80s primarily at Riverside International Raceway and other tracks throughout the southwest. It participated in club and open track events as well.
The car was last registered in 1981 and was later retired from racing.
The owner later passed away and left what was left of #3190 to his son who had two other Panteras of his own and no room for a third.
I took the car home and began a ground up restoration leaving nothing untouched. The car remains heavily modified for racing duty with even more extensive upgrades to achieve modern racing performance levels. The fiberglass flares were removed and replaced with hand made steel flares to match the body of the car. The car retains a factory Group 4 racing look with a few minor custom touches. I really wanted the car to continue to resemble the factory race cars and look the way it did when it raced so many years ago.