1987 DeTomaso Pantera GT5-S – Mecum Kissimmee 2016 Preview

1987 DETOMASO PANTERA GT5-SThink what you may about the DeTomaso Pantera from the 1970s.

This machine is a totally different beast.

Where time and special-edition hell really destroyed the original Countach elegance, the Pantera appears fully reviatlized. The car has the presence of a F40, the nose elegance of the Lotus Esprit, yet rear-drive, naturally-aspirated purity to shade them all.

This particular GT5-S Pantera has led a charmed life: just 7k miles and even the original magnesium extra pair of alloys.  Plus a cabin with plush caramel leathers like a bordello!

The estimate for this Pantera GT5-S is $250k, which is stellar value. It is one of only 50 sold in the US, and less than 200 overall.


LOT S108 // MECUM KISSIMMEE 2016 // JAN 15-24


  • Engine
    351 CI
  • Trans
  • Color
  • Interior

ESTIMATE: $225,000 – $250,000

As beautiful and brutal as the DeTomaso Pantera was in its introductory form, Alejandro DeTomaso was determined to improve on his Ford 351 Cleveland-powered dream machine. Gremlins found in early production cars were addressed in subsequent versions, but in 1975 Ford stopped importing them into the U.S. market. Enter Wisconsin businessman and quintessential car guy George Stauffer, who assumed importation of the new Pantera GT5 in the early 1980s. The GT5 was the most aggressive-looking Pantera yet, with fiberglass fender extensions, spoilers and rear wing, all typical of FIA Group 5 practice, and vastly improved performance. In 1985 the GT5-S became the ultimate road-going Pantera, with all-steel flared fenders and a steel front spoiler. Although Ford had ceased U.S. production of the 351 Cleveland engine, Australian production continued, as did its use in the Pantera. Where the original Pantera used 8-inch-wide front and 10-inch rear wheels, the GT5-S’s huge fender flares allowed 10-inch and 13-inch Campagnolo magnesium wheels and proportionally wider tires, giving it the look of a full-blown Le Mans racer. This 1987 DeTomaso Pantera GT5-S is a fine example of what many consider the best of the line. It is one of an estimated 187 built and one of 50 legally imported into the United States. It is remarkably fresh in its presentation, having been driven just 11,700 kilometers and maintained in a private collection from 1997 to 2015. The good-looking black paint is complemented with a luxurious and pristine tan leather interior trimmed with burled-wood inserts. Powered by the 351 Cleveland engine with a ZF 5-speed transaxle, it rides on Pirelli P7 tires on the original Campagnolo wheels and is offered with the original tool kit and a full set of aftermarket wheels and tires.


– Black exterior
– Tan leather interior with wood trim
– 351 CI Cleveland engine
– 5-speed ZF transaxle
– 4-wheel independent suspension with unequal length A-arms
– Coilover shock absorbers
– Anti-sway bars front and rear
– 1 of an estimated 187 GT5-S models built
– 1 of 50 in the United States
– Original Campagnolo magnesium rims
– Pirelli P7 tires
– Aftermarket wheels and tires included with car
– Original tool kit
– Held in private collection 1997-2015
– Legally imported
– 11,700 kilometers since new


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