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Unique Of The Week: 1972 De Tomaso Pantera 351

Spending time on eBay Motors often turns into an addiction. Once you start, the temptation to buy can easily increase. You may end up spending more to keep your treasured find in working order. And now, we've come across this 1972 De Tomaso Pantera. With a current bid of $18k, it reportedly has 50,398 miles on the odometer and is powered by a Ford-built 351 cui 'Cleveland' 5.7-liter V8 with 330hp and mated to a ZF five-speed transaxle.

However, the seller cannot guarantee that it's the original engine. The most significant issue with the car is the major dent on the front left bumper, with some body and chrome damage that will likely cost some to properly fix. Designed by American Tom Tjaarda, the Pantera features a steel monocoque design and made its original debut in Modena in 1970. Despite being 37 years old, this Pantera reportedly runs and drives well. That's good, considering Elvis Presley supposedly fired a gun at his Pantera when it wouldn't start.

Around 5,500 Panteras were imported by Ford to the US by 1975, after which Ford ended their involvement. By the time production ended in the 80s, nearly 7,200 Panteras were built. Photos courtesy of Midwest-Sell It Now Store via eBay.

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