“You know Top Trumps? The card game.” Explained Tom. “At school, I always thought: Countach, Ferrari Testarossa - you can’t beat them. But in Top Trumps, there was a Top Trump, and it was the Pantera.” Imagine owning the car on that card. That, in a nutshell, is the story behind Tom’s car - fantasy turned reality.
The Pantera is a car that’s hard to place. Some say it’s an Italian supercar, some say it’s the first mid-engined American muscle car. There’s no denying it’s a mish-mash of unlikely worlds. It was designed by Ghia and built by De Tomaso, another Italian company - fine. But Alejandro de Tomaso himself was an Argentine political refugee who was also an F1 driver. Then, you’ve got the Ford engine and transmission in there and the fact that Ford sort of commissioned it, but didn’t, and then gave up halfway through it’s initial production.
The sad truth is the massively rushed development and resultant issues that plagued them meant few remain truly original, but Tom’s Pantera is pretty close. It’s his example is the GT5 model - released to keep up with the Countach of its day.
TOM’S PANTERA PRODUCES A BARMY 466BHP
The best view of this car is from the back. The race spec exhaust exit, the preposterous and pointless rear wing and the frankly laughable rear tyres which are just simply huge. Like, get a ruler and measure out 34.5cm - they’re that wide.