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*Please note that this vehicle is titled ZDT874000KA009547.
Sports Cars GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany (acquired new in 1989)Private Collection, Italy (acquired in 2010)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The Pantera was born from the unlikely collaboration between Ford Motor Company and De Tomaso, a boutique sports car manufacturer based in Modena. Introduced in 1970, the Pantera, with its razor’s-edge Tom Tjaarda styling and powerful mid-mounted Ford V-8 engine, rivaled contemporary offerings from Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini. Ford withdrew from the project in 1974, yet De Tomaso continued to build cars for the European market; over the next decade, the Pantera steadily evolved to become a limited-production supercar. At the 1980 Torino Motor Show, De Tomaso unveiled the Pantera GT5, which benefited from significant chassis improvements, luxurious amenities, and dramatic changes to the bodywork, including riveted fiberglass fender flares.
The GT5-S, introduced in 1984, featured seamlessly integrated steel fender flares, giving the new Pantera a distinctive wide-body appearance, complemented by a front air dam, side skirts, and optional rear wing. Due to the hand-built nature of these cars, it has been difficult for historians to determine exact production numbers for the GT5-S. The Pantera Registry recognizes that just 136 examples were built, of which 117 were specified for left-hand drive. Approximately 63 of these were imported into the US.
The GT5-S presented here, chassis 9547, is among the very last examples built by De Tomaso and one of approximately 54 left-hand-drive cars delivered in Europe. As documented by factory records, this Pantera was completed on December 20, 1989, making it the 15th car from the end of production. Originally finished in red with black leather upholstery (including the upper and lower dash), the Pantera was delivered to Sports Cars GmbH in Stuttgart and remained in Germany through the mid-1990s. The GT5-S then returned to Italy and was sold, in 2010, to a private collector based in northern Italy. Although the Pantera had covered only 26,000 km at the time of acquisition, the new owner wanted the car restored to perfection and had it shipped to Autocostruzioni SD in Nichelino, Italy, the workshop run by former Bizzarrini factory manager Salvatore Diomante. There, the GT5-S was restored to the highest standards using NOS components, at a cost reported to exceed €80,000.
The current US-based owner acquired this GT5-S after a lengthy search for an exceptional car. He reports that it is “very well sorted and drives superbly,” having covered fewer than 500 km since its restoration was completed. The sale is accompanied by an original owner’s manual, a rare factory brochure, technical diagrams, homologation sheet, copies of the factory build record and warranty card, and a 1:43 scale model.
Presented here is an opportunity to acquire a truly magnificent example of the ultra-rare GT5-S – the ultimate development of the De Tomaso Pantera and one of the most exclusive Italian supercars of the 1980s.