A Historical Celebration of Road Sports Cars That Took To The Tracks...
DE TOMASO MANGUSTA
( Raced in IMSA GTO 1973/74 )
ENGINE : FORD V8 4727cc
Number Built : approx 400 ( 1967-72 )
Aggressive Giugaro/ Ghia styled 2-seater
sports car and De Tomaso`s first
production car. Fords 4.7 litre V8 as found
in so many performance cars was accessed
through its gullwing rear bonnet windows.
With no factory race versions the only one
of note to race was in IMSA GTO races by
Max Sebba and then Bob McGraw in 1973
and 1974 without success. Shame as this
brute of a car deserved more racing history
DE TOMASO PANTERA ( GT1 )
Raced in : British GT ( 1994-97 / 5 wins )
some BPR GT rounds
( 1995 British GT Championship winning car )
ENGINE : Ford V8 Cylinders
POWER : approx 500 BHP
As a production swansong De Tomaso made a
final model in 1994 ,the `200` (see video)
Likewise a racing swansong occured when
ADA Engineering debuted the Pantera in
the British GT at Oulton Park. Andy Wallace
set pole and finished 2nd after a pheasant
broke the windscreen !
1995 was a good season for the car, chassis
9628 , Wallace and Thorkild Thyrring ran
3 rounds of the fast growing BPR Series.
In the British GT Thyrring made the podium
in 10 of the 12 rounds , winning 5 outright
to take the GT1 title.
The car tried to qualify for Le Mans 1996
but just missed the cut in a reduced
programme. Returning , now yellow and run
by Superpower Racing, Thyrring and
Christian Vann did 7 rounds of the British
GT series , with a best finish of 2nd place.
DE TOMASO PANTERA ( Group 5 )
Raced : World Championship of Makes
Italian GT ( late 70s /early 80s )
ENGINE : FORD V8
As GT racing changed during the 70s the
faster Panteras had to aswell to keep up
with the dominence of Porsche.
In 1979 after an abscence at Le Mans Carlo Pietromarchi
brought De Tomaso back but now the car
sported huge wide arches and spoilers in
its beefed up Group 5 guise. This car by
1983 had been modified beyond
recognition and ran as a Group C car.
DE TOMASO PANTERA ( Group 4 )
Raced : World Sports Cars ( 1970s )
Engine : FORD V8 5763cc
Number Built : 7260 ( 1971-94 )
With its sleek Italian body and robust Ford
V8 the Pantera was a commercial success
for such an sports car , many going exported
to ther USA. The Pantera ( Panther ) had a
very long race career , most noticably at
the start with 4 cars at the 1972 LeMans
24 hours through to its return in 1995 with
the ADA car.The initial batch of Group 4
homologated race cars featured strongly in
1972/73. Most retained the pure bodylines
and Herbert Muller even led the Monza
1000kms for a while when the prototypes
were slowed by the rain.