It's the latest F&F car to hit the auction block and reminds us of a time when the Fast Franchise gave a damn about cars.
With the sheer number of The Fast and the Furious movies, there is now a sizeable amount of the franchises' cars in private hands.
Many of these cars will spend a few years being restored until the owner is ready to sell, and that's precisely what will happen to this 1972 De Tomaso Pantera GTS. It was used in Fast Five and will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas this June.
The vehicle was only shown on screen briefly during the train heist scene, but it is indeed one of the examples used in the film alongside stars like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordana Brewster. The scene had the crew steal three cars from a train, including a silver 1966 Corvette Grand Sport Stingray and a classic GT40.
The Corvette and the GT40 have already been sold; now it's the Pantera's turn.
The scene in question sees the crew pull a heist on a train in the desert. A massive flatbed with off-road tires called a "Mongo Truck" pulls up next to the train, and the team proceeds to offload the rare vehicles in motion.
The Pantera is the first to be pulled onto the truck, after which the flatbed is lowered. The car backs off and drives into the distance to most likely be delivered to its new owner. Not strictly a star like one of the many Dodge Chargers and Challengers, but it was technically part of the action.
This 1972 De Tomaso Pantera is the one used for the scene and was acquired by the owner in 2013 by a Universal Studios consignor. The owner restored it, starting with movie-correct Brilliant Black paint with white graphics and tinted windows.
The vehicle kept the movie-correct Campagnolo wheels, but they've been polished and now wear Michelin Pilot Sport tires. As for the interior, it was left untouched, though it includes an aftermarket battery shut-off and roll bar from the shoot. The window motors have been replaced with Vaders, and the spare tire, luggage rack, AC, heater motor, and windshield wipers have all been removed.
Power-wise, the car boasts a 351 Cleveland V8 engine that produced around 350 horsepower and 362 lb-ft of torque when it was new. It has an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, Carter 750 carburetor, and a thermostatic electric radiator fan with MSD electronic ignition.
The engine is mated to a ZF five-speed manual transmission with a new clutch.
To add value to the purchase, the vehicle will be delivered with a Deluxe Marti Report and an unopened Hot Wheels version of the car, complete with Fast Five packaging.
Panteras have sold for anywhere between $60,000 to as high as $220,000, but it's anyone's guess what this one will go for, given its provenance.
We do know that it has a long, long way to go before it touches the stratospheric prices of some big cars from the series command. The famous Paul Walker-driven R34 GT-R set a new record for R34s and F&F cars when it sold for more than a million earlier this year.
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