The DeTomaso Pantera was an Italian exotic with the heart of an American muscle car. From the factory, the Pantera came with a 351 cubic-inch Ford Cleveland V8 engine, but we recently came across a Pantera with a powerplant that readers of this website will find much more interesting.
This heavily customized 1971 DeTomaso Pantera, which was built by White Post Restorations in Virginia, has ditched its tired old Ford Cleveland V8 for a modern-day, fuel-injected General Motors LS7 V8 engine. The LS7 is a very capable powerplant from the factory, but this one is particularly special. The engine, which was built by Thompson Motorsports in Texas, features Mast Motorsports heads, a Harrop Engineering intake manifold with eight individual throttle bodies and a custom dry-sump oiling system. There’s no word on how much power the motor is producing, but it’s safe to say it’s making way more than a stock 505 horsepower LS7.
Even more impressive than this custom LS7 is the eight-into-one fabricated exhaust system that is bolted to it, which was made by GP Headers Inc. The headers and exhaust curve up into the engine bay from under the engine and extend into a single collector. It’s a bit of a weird decision to have all eight exhausts wrap into one single collector, in our opinion, but there’s no denying that it looks incredible with the engine cover lifted up. The carbon fiber Harrop Engineering intake manifold nestled in the middle of the showy exhaust setup is a nice touch, too.
This Pantera also features Wilwood disc brakes, Nitron Racing shocks, a Pyrotect fuel cell and some tasteful two-tone blue and white paintwork. There’s no word on what brand the wheels are, but they look to be newer alloy units and are wrapped in sticky Toyo Proxes R88R rubber.
Have the modifications made to this DeTomaso Pantera have improved the somewhat obscure Italian exotic, or taken away from its original charm? Let us know in the comments below.