Modified Mustangs & Fords
Tom Bechtel's 1972 De Tomaso Pantera
Tom Bechtel's Classic Pantera Sports Modern Four-Cam Power
European exoticars need cool European nuances, such as Glasurit single stage polyurethane paint. This isn't a basecoat/clearcoat trip through a paint booth, but rather one solid color applied in seven coats by Custom Auto Body in Phoenix, Arizona. This gives the glistening red finish depth, like enamel did in the good old days.
If you like this Pantera's rich persona, thank Vintage Restorations & Rods in Phoenix. We like the Etoiles custom three-piece wheels. Inside, you will find rich Connolly leather, real wool carpeting, cold air, Recaro buckets, factory white-face instrumentation, a custom shifter, Simpson restraint harnesses, and more.
Rare is the Ford enthusiast fortunate enough to own and drive the imported, limited-production Pantera, originally sold through Lincoln-Mercury. Tom can count himself among the fortunate few who understand what life is like at nearly 200 mph in a slippery-smooth Italian beast called Pantera.
Seek and Ye Shall Find
For more information on these ultimate Ford-powered Italian classics, check out the Pantera Owners Club of America web site at www.poca.com, as well as the De Tomaso corporate site at www.detomaso.it.