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Old 02-22-2009, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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I graduated High School in 1989 and while I was there my friend had a volkswagon beetle with something that I had never seen.It was a stick shift car with no clutch pedal.He told me it was called a semi-automatic. A year later whil attending college locally(long island) I saw another unique vehicle called a Pantera.Has anyone heard of either? Who put out the Pantera? I never knew.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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The Pantera was made by an Italian car company called De Tomaso. They were rustbuckets but they came with Ford 351 Cleveland engines so they were quick and brutal.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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The Pantera was made by an Italian car company called De Tomaso. They were rustbuckets but they came with Ford 351 Cleveland engines so they were quick and brutal.
I only have seen 1 in my life and it looked really cool like a cheaper version of a Lotus,Ferrari,or Maserati. Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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Just visited a Pantera site,crazy! The guy was tied in with Maserati,Lamborghini and had a deal with Ford in the 70's.He later worked with BMW and others.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Yep the Pantera was an Italian car, looked like a Ferrari and had the 351 Ford engine. Never knew they were rust buckets though.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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The Pantera was made by an Italian car company called De Tomaso. They were rustbuckets but they came with Ford 351 Cleveland engines so they were quick and brutal.
You called that right on the money.I worked with a guy a few years ago that had two of them in his shop....one was for parts(wrecked) and the other one he was "restoring"......RUST deluxe...........kind of like the older 260z/280z type rust...just everywhere.Cool if he ever got it done and I imagine it would fly low.
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Saw plenty of Panteras on the road back in the mid-70s. I believe they were sold through Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealers. I rarely see them around now except at classic car auctions like Barrett-Jackson where it sold for $110K. The showroom price was $10-13K, back in the day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Tomaso_Pantera

VW/Porsche/Audi Tiptronic Transmission - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiptronic_transmission

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Old 02-22-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The VW had what they called a auto-stick. Your hands pressure on the stick operated a electric clutch.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Default 1971 Magazine Sales Ad - United States

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Old 02-22-2009, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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Saw plenty of Panteras on the road back in the mid-70s. I believe they were sold through Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealers. I rarely see them around now except at classic car auctions like Barrett-Jackson where it sold for $110K. The showroom price was $10-13K, back in the day.

De Tomaso Pantera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

VW/Porsche/Audi Tiptronic Transmission - Tiptronic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I read up on it.They had an arrangement with Ford that brought them in about 71 but because of problems they broke off about 74.
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