I really liked the Pantera when I first saw one in the early 1970's. This one, that I photographed in a drive by leaving the parking lot from the vet's listening to squalling cats in stereo, is in really good shape — it's probably a 1972 or later model. Apparently the first Panteras imported from Italy by Ford in 1971 had no rust treatment, low quality paint, and lots of solder to fill in body flaws and so they didn't hold up well to the elements. Ford made De Tomaso tighten up quality control in 1972, including Ford Cleveland 351 cubic inch (5.8 liter) V8 engines. The 1972 Panteras were rated at 0 to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds, about the same as Laurie's Mazda Speed 3, and the 1973 models did 0-60 MPH in 6.5 seconds, about the same as my Mazda RX-8. Laurie's Speed 3 has a 2.6 liter engine, and my RX-8 has a 1.3 liter engine — speed has become much more efficient over the years. Panteras in good condition like this one have asking prices of up to $175,000, but probably average around $40,000 from the listings I looked up. While I think Panteras are good looking cars, I'll stick to my RX-8.