One of the most iconic cars in the history of the automotive industry is the DeTomaso Pantera. This is a car that has garnered admirers over the years and every time one of these models shows up at the auction block this car is one that is sold for a large price. Whether tales are told, or iconic figures are talked about in relation to this car, there weren’t many built when it was being produced, but this car still garnered attention and admiration from different enthusiasts from around the world to be a car that’s always desired.
Even though the Pantera was as obscure a model that was ever built, its one that would certainly capture attention and desire if it were to be built once again. Right now, it appears that every limited edition model that’s built by one of the most exotic brands is sold off before it even makes its way to production. The number of wealthy car collectors in the world has certainly grown which means more of these high priced and high powered models are being bought up to be part of a museum-style collection that can be seen but not driven often.
What does this mean for the Pantera?
Because of the call for these specialized exotics, the former Lotus CEO, Dany Bahar, has decided it’s time to resurrect this brand and the name to bring it back to the market. Since his forced departure from Lotus, Bahar has moved to Dubai and began a company called ARES Design which specializes in vehicle rebodies and customizations. He has announced his plans to recreate the Pantera in order to give us this obscure but highly sought after car once again so that more can enjoy this car.
The project has been called “Project Panther” in which the vehicle will be offered as a rebodied Lamborghini Huracan with new designs and looks that make it appear to be the DeTomaso Pantera. Right now, this new car is being put through final designs with aerodynamic and crash tests taking place at the Modena, Italy factory. The plan is for this car to go on sale in the second half of 2018 to be a car that’s built in extremely limited numbers to be a car that can satisfy the thirst for the Pantera that has remained with many people ever since the original model was deleted from the market.
ARES has claimed they have received several reservations for this car, which shows the interest is strong for the Pantera to return. This shouldn’t come as any surprise when the words “limited production” and “exotic classic” are used to describe a model. While the Pantera won’t be the same as the original, and underneath it will actually be a Lamborghini Huracan, there will still be many who add this car to their collection as one of the limited models that can have a special place in the museum and become a car that can be talked about with friends when hosting parties.
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